The pit stops at the space race.
SpaceX was able to take over this market 10 years ago.
The first rocket, the Falcon 1, was designed to lift about 1,500 pounds. However, after two successful launches, SpaceX focused on the much larger Falcon 9 to abandon the spacecraft and meet NASA's need to move spacecraft and spacecraft to the International Space Station.
One of SpaceX's first employees, Jim Cantrell, left the company without understanding the decision. In 2015, he launched Vector Launch, Inc., headquartered in Tucson. The goal is to make the model T of the rocket small, inexpensive, and mass-produced.
Vector claims to be able to send the rocket to orbit almost anywhere. The mobile launch platform is basically a largely modified trailer. The trailer was inspired by Mr. Cantrell's hobby car race, and many company employees came from the race world.
The company is trying to achieve its goal of achieving the first goal of the Vector-R rocket this year, but Cantrell acknowledged that the schedule could be resumed in early 2019. Flight shutdown system – If something goes wrong, you will not be able to use the rocket – arriving late.
"There are a lot of small things," Cantrell said. "It drives you crazy."
The prototype planned a submarine launch in Mojave, California in September, but the test was terminated due to a fault. The crew drove a rocket into a racing trailer and drove the 350 – kilometer bush to the Vector 's test site at Pinal Airpark, a small airport on the outskirts of Tucson, surrounding the collapsed desert.