Cheap sounding rockets?

Some news from This will definitely fill a niche, but at US$9000/kg it is a bit steep. This is about the same cost as putting a payload on a Russian Proton. The difference though is that the size of payload is much smaller on the sounding rocket. Even as a tertiary payload, a one kilo payload would not be taken seriously on a Proton.

The more interesting thing is that a launch operation is running at less than US$25000 per launch. Launch costs are not linear with payload size, especially for smaller payloads. Sounding rocket flights from NASA's Wallops field are in the hundreds of thousands to low millions per launch. This is great news for those who are looking at suborbital vehicles as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

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What's a sounding rocket? At

What's a sounding rocket?

At first, when I read the title, I was expecting rockets that sounded cheap, but ended up being expensive when you looked closer at the tag. Or else they were title "K-Mart Rockets". ^_^

Sounding rockets are

Sounding rockets are basically suborbital rockets, typical altitude they get to is 80-200km.