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You Can Now Book Space on a SpaceX Rocket for $1 Million Online

February 5th 20__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Off World
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Rocket Rideshare

SpaceX has officially launched an online booking tool that lets you reserve space on a Falcon 9 rocket.

You won’t be getting a seat to travel to space yet, though — the tool is meant to offer smaller companies a way to send payloads into space, including small satellites, as TechCrunch reports.

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For a cool $1 million, customers will be able to send a payload of up to 200 kg (440 lbs) into orbit as part of the “Smallsat Rideshare Program,” first unveiled by SpaceX in August. That’s a significant price drop from the original $2.5 million reported at the time.

The booking tool will ask you for a desired orbit, which clients can pick from polar orbit (a line that runs over both poles at 90 degrees to the equator), Sun-synchronous orbit (a specific orbit that allows solar panels to work continuously), or low-Earth orbit (Earth-centered at up to altitudes of 2,000 km).

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The Elon Musk-led company is also offering up its own proprietary separation system for an additional cost. Insurance and on-site fuelling are also available.

SpaceX is planning to start flying these payloads on its rideshare Falcon 9 rockets starting this June, according to TechCrunch. Customers will have to put down a $5,000 deposit and pay up the rest in three instalments.

READ MORE: SpaceX will now let you book a rocket launch online starting at $1 million [TechCrunch]

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