PODCAST - Jim Cantrell (CEO and Co-Founder of Vector Space Systems; One of the original founding members of SpaceX) on private space travel and exploration. Vector is the first launch vehicle built exclusively for the Micro Satellite market. The vehicle is "right-sized" for the new generation of Micro Satellites and enables reliable and frequent access to orbit. Jim talks about Vector's Alaska launch, has the government shutdown affected their launch schedule, what's coming up this year (and beyond) for Vector, etc...
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Jim Cantrell, CEO and Co-Founder Vector Space Systems
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Jim Cantrell is a well-known entrepreneur and expert in space systems and has 30 years of experience in the aerospace and high technology industries. Jim was part of the SpaceX founding team and served as the company's first Vice President of Business Development. Jim founded two other successful aerospace and automotive engineering companies and has held CEO positions in aerospace and biometric software companies. Jim also played key roles in the development of Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella) and has had developmental roles in numerous venture funded space efforts including Rocket Lab, Planet, Black Sky and Spaceflight.
Vector is a disruptive innovator that connects space startups with affordable and reliable space access. Vector has a BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion dollar launch market and combines dedicated low-cost micro satellites launch (Vector Launch) and software defined satellites (GalacticSky) to dramatically increase access and speed to orbit. With products proudly designed, produced, and launched in the U.S.A.
Vector Launch Vehicle Family
The Vector launch vehicle family consists of the Vector-R (Rapid) and the Vector-H (Heavy) launchers. The Vector-R places 60 kg into orbit and is our basic first use capability. The Vector-H places 290 kg into orbit and is a block upgrade to the Vector-R. The two launch vehicles share common technology and launch facilities including pressure fed ablative engines, carbon fiber fuselage, LOX/Propylene fuels, and mobile launch capability.
GalacticSky transforms the space segment from its current hardware centric state to a simpler software development proposition with software defined satellites. Our ultimate vision is one of space app developers being able to develop satellite applications on their desktop computer and uploading it to an at the ready satellite constellation yielding nearly instant data and revenue.
Vector will free you, the Space App Developer, to do what you do best …. innovate and build.
Vector's larger goal is a platform for space ap developers allowing you to concentrate on developing your solutions and not worrying about procuring launches and satellites. We believe that you, the satellite developer and operator, would rather focus on your core innovations than solving launch problems. Next time you launch, leave the transportation to us and Vector will be ready when you are.
Interested in launching with Vector?
SOFTWARE DESIGNED SATELLITES
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, USING A TRULY SOFTWARE DEFINED SATELLITE PLATFORM, INNOVATORS AND STARTUPS WILL BE ABLE TO UTILIZE COMPLETELY VIRTUALIZED SATELLITES TO ACCESS WHAT WAS BEFORE BEYOND THEIR FISCAL & TECHNOLOGICAL REACH.
GALACTICSKY accelerates the rate at which missions can go from concept to flight from years to weeks. Ideas, experiments and algorithms can be rapidly executed on orbit to demonstrate their true utility and viability without having to go through the traditional process of building a spacecraft, integrating with a ground system and waiting for a launch opportunity
GALACTICSKY IS A SATELLITE VIRTUALIZATION PLATFORM THAT INCLUDES:
SATELLITE DESIGN TOOLS
SPACE APPLICATION LIFECYCLE AND CONTAINER MANAGEMENT
CLOUD BASED SPACE SIMULATION SERVICES
FULL SUITE OF SDK'S AND API'S FOR QUICK DEVELOPMENT
PURPOSE BUILT LINUX IMPLEMENTATION (GALACTICOS) EXECUTING CUSTOMER WORKLOADS.
GalacticSky's focus will be on those customers who require tailored imagery, onboard analytics, ultra-secure data storage and transfer, and high-speed communications which is only possible from space. This revolutionary capability will make space assets accessible to a broad array of entrepreneurs and innovators and in the process will unleash new uses of space platforms, some of which can not be imagined today.
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Here are some pictures and videos from Vector Space Systems:
Vector-R Technical Overview PDF
Heres some long duration Vector-R stage 1 engine testing from earlier this evening for your viewing (and listening) pleasure (note we're still working on perfecting image stabilization of our cameras at night with the high thrust engines) #NewSpaceRace pic.twitter.com/AuruLYjvVg
— VECTOR (@vectorspacesys) January 25, 2019