It was just 16th August, 2017 when SpaceX Dragon ship delivered supplies and equipment to the crew at the International Space Station. It was a usual cargo as it contained some special treat of ice cream for the entire crew. This marked the 12th launch to the space for the commercial delivery of supplies and equipped for the cargo ship.
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Andreas Morgenson, an astronaut of the European Space Agency, hailed praises to the crew followed by a supply of ice cream among the cargo items delivered for the crew. This was due to a job well done and thus it served as a form of appreciation. SpaceX Dragon is a young company which provides inspiration for other young space companies to take advantage of launching to space.
Max Polyakov, through his company Firefly Aerospace, has also been able to venture into the space arena with his young company. Max Polyakov is also the managing partner of Noosphere Ventures, and through his space company, he is able to provide low cost space launches for clients with low capacity needs. This means that they do not have to send huge payloads with large capacity lifters like the SpaceX Falcon 9. It has a load capacity of 22,000 kgs which ideal for a space crew that requires heavy equipment and many years of food supply delivered to them. However, there are small agencies that deal with microsatellites, and a lifter like Falcon 9 would not be an ideal choice.
Small satellites have become much more common, lighter and more efficient. They are able to give the same performance as satellites which weighed many tonnes previously. With a microsatellite weighing up to a maximum of 100 kgs and some picosatellites less than 1 kg, it is clear that things have changed for the better. In short, it is possible to manage larger applications using a collection of smaller satellites and thus less need for the larger satellites.
Even with that in mind, there is still market for the larger satellites with space companies like SpaceX in the works to launch an even bigger lifter, the Falcon 9 Heavy. The lifter will have a carrying capacity of 550,000 kgs and is set to be tested later this year.
Max Polyakov has his eyes set on the smaller clients with smaller needs, and that is how companies like Firefly Aerospace have come to satisfy their needs. Through smaller rockets, clients will find it easy to purchase launch space instead of going for the bigger rockets. Max Polyakov from Noosphere Ventures sees the small rockets and young space companies taking over in a big way.
It was first known as Firefly Space Systems until it declared bankruptcy last year. Noosphere Ventures, managed by Max Polyakov, took over the technology and other assets of the company and changed it to Firefly Aerospace.