Suborbital launch provider UP Aerospace is developing a dedicated cubesat launch vehicle that draws on the company’s experience with its rail-launched SpaceLoft sounding rocket. The Denver-based company completed its 10th SpaceLoft mission, for NASA, in early November. The Spyder launch vehicle is being designed to launch up to six 1U-size cubesats—10 X 10 X 10 cm (4 X 4 X 4 in.)—to a 200-nm low Earth orbit for a target cost per flight of $1 million. “That’s ...

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