For companies planning to deploy microsatellites, the emergence of dedicated launch services will have two key benefits over currently available “piggyback” options. Small rockets will provide more desirable satellite placement, as well as facilitate an accelerated launch schedule.
When launching as a secondary payload, the first issue that microsatellite operators face is an inability to dictate the vehicle’s final destination. When small satellites “hitch a ride” to orbit with a much larger—much more expensive--payload, the small satellites are delivered wherever the primary payload needs to go. In some cases, these primary payloads are massive communications satellites headed to orbit above the Earth’s equator—and equatorial orbits are not (Click here for full article)
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