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Chris Gebhardt on Vector’s Minimal-Infrastructure Pads

Really interesting read by Chris Gebhardt of NASASpaceFlight on Vector’s pad infrastructure—or lack thereof.

I love seeing the breadth of approaches being taken by small launch companies. Just about every entrant has a unique component to their architecture: Rocket Lab with their electric turbopumps, Virgin Orbit with air launch, Vector with mobile pad systems, to name a few.

Plenty of small launch companies will come and go, but it’s going to be fun to follow along.