Launching rockets is serious business. The market is predominantly filled by massive government contractors. As well as the $28 Billion Space X and lift off for the Falcon 9. They all put satellites the size of school buses into orbit around the earth. But there’s a new side to this industry Going smaller with the Rockets could lead to a new big business Rocket Lab. A 12-year-old company based in New Zealand and in California, valued at over $1 billion. Wants to do just that and launch, a lot Had to be, you know. Launched affordably and launched frequently, everything is about that.
The company’s electron rocket comes at a price tag of $5.7 million dollars. A fraction of the $50 million or more it costs to launch a larger Rocket Lab’s not trying to compete with those big Rockets. It’s targeting a different customer says CEO Peter Beck But he thinks it has the potential to revolutionize. The benefits we get from the satellite. Technologies Electron lifts the spacecraft about the size of a refrigerator. Rocket Labs Electron rocket is about five stories at all.
That’s only about 1/4 the size of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket Being small and cheaper. Opens up new opportunities think of Space X as the joint train that goes once a month. And we’re the FedEx Vans that go every day. If we are launching at one week then everybody’s lives that are watching this significantly different. In January 2018, Electron reached orbit for the first time Putting the company at the front of the pack in the small rocket race Beck. Estimates that there are over 100 companies trying to catch up.
But rocket lab has already completed its first commercial launch and has 16 launches planned for 2019. Not everybody is sure this industry will take off While there’s potential. The demand is still speculative Leading small launch providers are hoping takes roughly 30 launches. Next year and they’re probably averaging $3 million per launch. So if everything went perfectly, they would have just over 1.5 per cent of the launching. Stick but you look at this and history suggests, they’re gonna experience delays and there’s huge development risk.
And then, longer-term sustainable demand, even more speculative. As pseudo-satellites and drones can offer a similar capability to the end customers. Remember people were sceptical of the private space industry just a decade ago. Now there are more than 300 space companies, worth tens of billions of dollars. And Beck says his company will soon be profitable. We complete these a couple of launches by the end of this year, you know we’ll be cash by neutral. Cash flow positive So when will you be able to send your satellite into space. It could be sooner than you think. A group of high school students in Irvine.
California already launched their small satellite Sending it up to orbit with Rocket Lab in November. The main payload is the 3-megapixel camera and we will be using it to capture images of stars and planets. These kids aren’t paying for it themselves, they’re funded through private and corporate sponsors. Including Google and Wells Fargo. But still pretty cool So when will you be able to invest in Rocket Lab. The company says they want to be launching consistently before an IPO.