Anonymous asked: How would you compare what Rocket Lab is doing to what SpaceX is doing?
I think it comes down to different missions, SpaceX is in it to eventually put people on other planets, which is a long way off atm. RocketLab want to provide a economically viable platform for companies to launch satellites into orbit.
SpaceX has an average mission cost of about $100 million, something only Governments and high end companies can afford while Rocketlab’s electron rocket costs only $4.9 million to put a satellite into orbit.
Of course SpaceX does have the job of resupplying the ISS as well as other, more tasking missions, but regardless of that, a space program costing that much per mission is not sustainable. It Needs to be cheaper, which Rocketlab have accomplished with their light weight design, and efficient engine.
Stars are Huge Nuclear Explosions that are so large their own gravity keeps it in place.