Cantrell’s latest goal is Phantom Danga, one of the new developers who wants to start using the explosion of small, inexpensive satellites and build rockets that can meet the growing need to pay for these surveys around. But as he learns from Cantrell, Phantom is trying to excel in swimming against technology.
One of the hottest things on the rockets here is the climb-phase begins, where customers purchase a pay-per-view location on a large medium or large rocket on the day of departure. This is often cheaper than a single customer installation to receive cash in the air — with the SpaceX flight-carrying program, it costs $ 1 million to set up a 200-kilometer charge (its Falcon 9 rocket can carry 22,800 kilograms on Earth’s surface). The company set up a dedicated car fleet on January 21, sending 143 satellites around. I’m following a similar project in June. In a shocking turn of events in March, Rocket Lab, which has been challenging the idea of building large rockets, revealed Neutron with the real goal of establishing a climbing section and competing with SpaceX Falcon 9.
The ride is not a Phantom tea cup. The company wants to set up its own facility by making small rockets and launching one hundred per year. “We want to be Henry Ford’s astronaut,” says Cantrell. “We’re thinking about how we do this.” Just as Ford Ford has not restored the car but the way it is built, Phantom has not made any rocket upgrades – their only design.
How so? With the advent of SpaceX, a chain that sells space-based space companies has become firmly entrenched in the U.S. Defense Department’s financial system. In order to remain independent of the system, SpaceX decided to do everything on its own, relying on Musk’s resources and more money to keep moving over the lost years. Temporary gambling that paid off.
But the founders of Phantom thought they didn’t need to follow suit. Even in just the last five years, space chains began to overflow with competition, meaning that Phantom can only buy the parts it wants instead of making anything from scratch. It buys 3D-printed engines from Ursa Major in Colorado. The design of the running computer was licensed from NASA, and it operates BeagleBone Black which some retailers sell for about $ 50. Some of the products, such as batteries and telemetry, are purchased through self-defense.
Henry Ford’s analogy is not just a wish – it is a model for the company. Cofounder Michael D’Angelo says the automotive and rocket business pursues the same growth: duplicating leads to more resources that are also linked to performance and fewer manufacturing errors. Computers and electronics followed a similar pattern. And he says that nowadays the chains are strong enough to allow the kind of active production of Phantom’s demands.
Currently, the company pursues two types of rockets. There is an 18.7-meter-tall Daytona, which is supposed to lift about 450 kilograms in space. It may be at the very end of what can be described as a small rocket, but according to Cantrell, the company’s analysis seems to be a very good part of profitable operations. Then there is the Laguna, a 20.5-meter-long rocket capable of lifting weights of up to 1,200 kg. Phantom is developing a Laguna version with the original enhancement, like the SpaceX Falcon 9 (compatible with the rotation).
Phantom hopes to fill the market. Although the shares are expensive and cheap, the customers do not monitor the performance of the service. The car-sharing function, like a train, is on a steady path. If you want your satellite to revolve around it or any other way, you need to put some expensive sticks that can go with it. If not, you may have to reschedule the job in a new way, tolerate the roundabout route, or simply buy a ticket for another job. And you believe that your satellite can easily fit all the other payloads that go with it – the planes are fully booked.
Starting a small rocket can cost a lot of money, but it offers the opportunity to the customer. If you are aiming for a specific goal such as separating satellites in a star cluster, launching secret weapons, or using a more expensive display – you may want a dedicated airline and not a boarding pass. “There is a lot of interest and interest in these small devices,” said Ryan Martineau, Space Engineer at Labor Dynamics in Utah.
Cantrell thinks Phantom can achieve this without wasting its budget. He estimates that the company’s approach could be offered to third-party car brands.
First, the company has to reach a point. The goal is for Daytona to make its first airplane fly in 2023. Cantrell, he says, has 50% reliability for the first four planes of the new rocket. Phantom’s goals are only to be considered as one of its first four roundabouts. It recently signed an agreement from the Air Force to establish a base at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and is currently seeking approval to establish from Cape Canaveral, Florida, too – the necessary steps to start if 100 sets a year and a goal.
Phantom also wants to create satellites and become a single customer base. Cantrell’s StratSpace acquisition this week should be an important part of this business. The company is working to create customer groups and is part of a team that is making $ 1.2 billion in science funding (more will not be revealed for several months). And it has been operating silently on a communications network called the Phantom Cloud, which is actually a network that other satellites can use to communicate or with external machines. Cantrell calls it “a satellite of space.”
Instead, Phantom doesn’t really need to defeat SpaceX and other major rocket manufacturers — it just needs to be stable. “When the small stock market matures, I think you will see more customers taking advantage of this opportunity,” Martineau said. “I think it’s unlikely that one will rule over the other.”
Living together is a good thing, says Cantrell: “We have realized that SpaceX has very well developed a great space-based approach, but we think this is one of two and perhaps even more economical.” He believes it is the Phantom that supports the other.