• Merisea

    ULA, please take note. The competition for all the payloads in five years will between SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Linkspace.

  • Paul_Scutts

    Except for the Europeans and the Russians, as they will “buy” domestic regardless. Best bet, would be that Arianespace and Roscosmos will have to bite the bullet and develop their own fully reusable boosters along similar lines. Disclaimer: Haven’t heard how the recovered Block 5’s have fared re. SpaceX’s goal of minimal booster refurbishment. Regards, Paul.

  • envy

    Linkspace has a couple issues: 1) this is a tiny vehicle, only 33 t at liftoff and with a payload to LEO well under 1 t; 2) most US-built payloads aren’t going to be launching on a Chinese vehicle.

    This isn’t really a commercial competitor to SpaceX and Blue, or especially to ULA. It might compete with Vega for some small European payloads.

  • duheagle

    So 3 times the liftoff mass of a Rocket Lab Electron, but only 1/9 the liftoff mass of an Antares. I agree Linkpace is not going to be a major threat to SpaceX or Blue with this vehicle.

  • Robert G. Oler

    that is the big question…but assuming SpaceX has mastered at least 5 recoveries reuse with the Block V…then the future “model” of reusable boosters is recovering the first stage…this video was done better by SpaceX of course it was also original 🙂

  • Bulldog

    Horizontal integration, check. Partially retracting strongback, check. Cold gas thrusters, check. Grid fins, check. Single engine landing burn, check. I guess its true, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.