Who will be the KING of the Small Sat Launchers?!

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Today I wanted to do a comparison of some key players in the small sat launch industry. With a handful of new launchers getting hardware out on the launch pad, launching and even some getting to orbit, I think now’s a good time to give you a rundown on some of these exciting new rockets and compare them to the Falcon 1 to see if the industry has caught up to what SpaceX was doing 12 years ago!

03:45 – What is a Small Sat Launcher?
06:45 – Rockets too cool to not mention
10:15 – Rocket Lab’s Electron
13:20 – Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne
16:30 – Astra’s Rocket
19:10 – Firefly’s Alpha
21:00 – ABL’s RS1
22:30 – Relativity’s Terran-1
24:30 – Comparison
28:30 – Conclusion

Check out our article version of this video for sources and easy searching! https://everydayastronaut.com/small-sat-launcher-comparison/

Tags: Small sat launchers, Small life launch vehicle, Private smallsat, smallsat rockets, small sat rockets, small rockets comparison, Rocket Lab VS, Electron Rocket, Virgin Orbit, LauncherOne, Astra, Rocket3, Astra’s rocket, Firefly, Firefly Alpha, ABL space, ABL RS1, Relativity Terran-1, Terran1, VS Falcon 1, All smallsat launchers, Small sat launchers 2021, Air Launched Virgin Orbit, Virgin Orbit vs Virgin Galactic, Orbex, Launcher, Skyrora, Skyrora XL

  1. CA&P Railroad

    as always another amazing deep dive that i love

  2. Nicolae Crefelean

    20:40 That’s funny, Firefly keeps an eye on the competition, or maybe just SpaceX. 😄👍

  3. MECO1

    The ‘Launcher launching Rocket rocket’ bit reminded me of Airplane. ‘We have clearance Clarence. Roger, Rodger… what’s our vector, Victor? ‘

  4. Juho Nikula

    I really love all the Everyday Astronuat music lol


    “I left my wallet at ABL” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it

  6. Marc Bollinger

    Great video. As an aside, any idea when we are going to get to see some of that sweet edited SN15 footage you teased during the stream?

  7. Seth Apex

    Air launches make the most sense when you need to make a launch on schedule, such as for space tourism, and therefore cannot be asked to worry about weather conditions on the ground.

  8. Seth Apex

    Is there theoretically an object we would want to launch that is too large for the BFR to launch?

  9. Lang Jones

    “Super unique” = unusual.
    “Very unique” = unusual.
    “Super ultra competitive” = competitive

  10. Jason Deal

    Wow a vid from Tim haven’t had one of these in a while… much needed Tim much needed lol

  11. Surfer Dude

    When I want a pizza that’s really fresh, the local pizzeria in a semi trailer pulls up and I get it right out of the oven. Yummy!

  12. Arden Shibley

    “KING” isn’t very gender-neutral of you, king

  13. Bendy Snowball

    When you are building a rocket in KSP:

  14. cellogirl11RW

    “Space Ubers.” 😂 I love it!

  15. Lucas NM

    13:19 I cannot unsee this “Everyday astronuat”

  16. Wesley Deng

    A few years back, Shotwell was asked how many small launchers would survive. Her answer was “Zero”. Let’s see if her prediction will hold.

  17. Fardreamer

    Firefly’s rocket uses engines called Reavers .. how cool is that?!

  18. Andrew Morris

    “When I grow up I want to be a tractor.”
    -lil’ Tim

  19. TecSanento

    But this summary just made me realize how lucky or professional SpaceX have been with their brilliant launch record

  20. Musikur

    I find it interesting that you have the too extremes of rocketeering: you have the highly create and abstract names like Falcon, and Electron, and then on the other side you have Launcher One, Rocket One, Engine 2……

  21. Alejandro VG

    Me before opening the video: Did Tim forget about European Vega and japanese Epsilon?
    Me after watching the video: Yes, he did

  22. RadRacer33

    ABL gonna wreck everyone. Keeping on the DL but they will go big real soon.

  23. SpaceXplorer 16

    20:40 I like how they are watching SpaceX while doing their rocket stuff.

  24. Lala Lala

    “I wanted to be a tractor when I grew up”

  25. Tyski Dzik

    20:41 i love how they’re watching a SpaceX launch webcast

  26. Aaron Aamold

    Firefly was watching a SpaceX live stream in their control room.

  27. Norman Jones

    Amazing content, loving all the science with Tim, Felix, Marcus and of course Scott. So much quality content.

  28. Erzgebirge erleben

    20:40 the spacex stream in the firefly hq^^ even they knew whats good ;-)

  29. n8r8r

    “Launcher will launch the Rocket-1 rocket with the Engine-2 engine” is a fun sentence to say.

  30. Toge Rider

    “I wanted to be a prost…” – that could’ve gone a very different way

  31. Vykintas Glodenis

    Good luck to all the rocket builders out there! <3

  32. Enrique 7127

    Seeing this video in the living room caused that my family start asking me about all type of space stuff. Rocket science is cool so we saw it complete together and talk about very interesting things. Like always, awesome work, Tim and all the team. Thanks for bringing the space to us, the everyday people. ¡Happy you’re back with this super educating and long videos!

  33. Antonio Bryon

    Congrats!!! for reaching 1 million!!! I’ve been here since 2017 and I am happy for you, for achieving this amazing goal !!!

  34. Jake Springer

    Great video! Didn’t realize how big of a movement this is. Always entertained and learning something on your channel. Keep up the good work!

  35. Anthony Umana-Paniagua

    7:25 I actually thought of any rocket had this type if fueling

  36. DarthMooMoo

    24:30, 28:27 Everyday “Astronuat” – Tim’s musical alter ego

  37. Robert Lerman

    Is nobody gonna comment on how Tim wanted to be a tractor?

  38. WhatTha wut

    When do we get a collab of “Everyday” Astronaut and Smarter “Everyday”? He’s done rocket videos. 🤔

  39. Alan Taylor

    My dad is a material science dude doing 3d printing for relativity. They’re contracted to print their engines, and parts for them

  40. Джон фон Лудд

    “Why would you have a semi-truck delivering your pizza?”
    Because someone invented a very cheap semi-truck khm-khm $3mln starship khm-khm

  41. Adriaan Swart

    Can we just give a shout out to that soundtrack. My feet couldn’t stop moving!

  42. Water Rocket Lab

    Tim: Pegasus has no future
    Pegasus: *sadness noises*

  43. Mohd Azzim Najmi

    Ah yes my favorite music Spaceships for earth by Everyday Astronuat

  44. faburisu

    ” i wanna be a tractor ” … Tim Wiggum has spoken !

  45. Meep

    I think you forgot to show the specific impulse in the compraison. At least, you said you would.

  46. Patrick's Music

    It’s amazing how far 3D printing has come! I can’t wait to watch a fully 3D printed rocket fly into orbit.

  47. Syriusz B

    The problem with that scooter is that it is one use only, but there is a semi coming that will be reusable.

  48. 1.5x playback everything

    “Gonna take them for a spin and then, give them the Tim score!” =)

  49. kleines Filmröllchen

    “I’m also a proud shareholder, because… I like rockets” – Understatement of the century

  50. Iam thepotato

    I’m backing rocket labs, can’t wait till they get listed on the stock market.

  51. itsmeoli

    Loved this! Also I didn’t realise that Everyday Astronuat did your music

  52. Darren

    why are you comparing falcon 1 to the rest of the competition when its out of service? compare it to spaceX’s ride share programme via the F9.

  53. Osir isrex

    Relativity’s rocket is the most interesting, we’ll see if it can fly!

  54. Matyanson

    Suggestion: You can talk about alternative (non-rocket) space launches. And about their safety

  55. Rory Shields

    Astra may be my favorite. To me that second stage just looks so cool.

  56. Mike Schlosser

    The Million Dollar …uhm Subs Man.
    Congrats Tim !
    Well deserved ! Keep at it !

  57. VIM Mentors

    I love how out of a list of 160 launchers, only 12 are “Operational” and of those only 6 have more than one launch. So “competition”?

  58. Tim Gooding

    3:50am. Thanks Tim. Rocket Lab for me. Eat my hat.

  59. MoeKitsune

    Really hoping that Relativity succeeds, I love their 3d printing approach

  60. Manuel Lorenzo

    Can’t unsee how the music was made by the “Everyday AstronUAt”. Also, congrats on the million suscribers Tim.

  61. Chace Crowell

    22:14 Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base is in Camden County, GA – lots of top-secret nuclear sub stuff there and stuff you wouldn’t expect (GA resident)

  62. Zachary vidyasagar

    Tim I’m so glad you got a sponsor for your videos. They’re not that bothersome to viewers and we’re more happy when you’re able to have a better source of funding than patreon
    Loved the easy comparisons btw.

  63. Alex Landherr

    Small Sat Launchers: Where Size Matters in Multiple Ways…

  64. seasong

    Great video! Lessons learned: when you start building rockets, go straight to the big ones. It’s not worth anymore with so much competition

  65. Terrakx FB

    You should check out high Impulse, rocket factory Augsburg and Isar aerospace! These are three german teams developing smal launchers

  66. Daniel Gonzalez

    “A rocket company would be pretty silly to out of the blue go straight to a huge heavy lift rocket” I see what you did there LOL

  67. Andreu Navarro

    Ahh yes, love it when engines are vacuumized

  68. 000 000

    I’ve been waiting for the soviet rocket engine video from 18 years

  69. Hugo Ward

    Because a everyday astronaut video is so rare it makes it extra good when there is one

  70. Cretium

    Tim, you misspelled “Everyday Astronaut” in all your transitions 😂

  71. Jotiya 994

    “We want hardware here folks, no drawings, no paper rockets”
    Someone to tell Blue Origin this, please? 🤣

  72. OgaDuby

    HUGE CONGRATS on 1 million subs! you deserve every single one of them!

  73. Arno De Pauw

    Tim, congrats on 1 million again! Can’t wait to see some of these fly!

  74. Jacob Peterson

    One point with the scooter versus semi analogy that is missed, if you threw away the scooter for each pizza delivery, the reusable semi would ultimately make more sense for delivery even for individual pizzas.

  75. Nicholas Rehm

    Glad you left ARCA out so that we can get a dedicated roast *cough* I mean video on them later :)

  76. Timo •

    why is there in 20:41 a spaceX stream open in the firefly HQ? 😂

  77. Arpit Khatri

    ok timm, i want the “landing burn ” full music + excited for ksp stream. and and .. congrats on 1 million^_^

  78. primeabarrel

    Yes love it when a new EA video comes out! Whilst I enjoy the live streams it’s all about these factual videos! 🥳

  79. Jonathan Moothart

    Petition to make “Vaccumized” an official Tim Term such as Elonerons and Norminal

  80. DragPlaysGames

    There goes 35 minutes of being *_”productive”_* and I regret nothing

  81. Pratik Jindal

    Tim says it’s a comprehensive review .
    Me : Looking at the total time of the video and wondering what would we do if it wasn’t comprehensive.

  82. Jinzhang Hsu

    congrats on 1 Million from taiwan!!! this channel has taught me soooo much and I greatly appreciate that! thank you Tim and all your team members!

  83. MrGoesBoom

    ” You wouldn’t expect a pizza to be delivered by a semi-truck’ Well no…but now I’m wondering just how big of a pizza that could get me

  84. Colin Gibbons

    I hope rocket lab is able to recover quickly and boost the market even more!

  85. Joyphobic

    Launcher and the stuffs they named is exactly me when I’m roleplaying as a CEO of a rocket company in KSP lol

  86. Nishkal Rao

    Last time I was this early, RocketLab and SpaceX were reusable only in Kerbal!

  87. Tinkering in Thailand

    Hey Tim, I had almost forgotten about you. CONGRATS on ur 1M subs mate :P

  88. Waker of Winds

    Can’t watch right now, but I must engage!

  89. Selvin

    Really love the long form videos Tim! It’s always an exciting event when a new one comes out.

  90. LlikOo

    1 Million!! well deserved! I’ve been here since 200k subs

  91. Albin Selldén

    It’s a good time to be a space enthusiast

  92. Daily Random Jokes

    Ya know it’s a good day when Tim posts a video!

  93. SB Space

    Yes, congratulations and grate video!!!

  94. Christopher M.

    35 minutes hell yeah man. Keep up the great work!

  95. Henoch Velazquez

    I’ve been waiting for you to make a video of these small sat rocket launchers

  96. Morten Vajhøj

    Congrats on 1 million subscribers thats an awesome milestone!

  97. Nightlash

    Congratulations on 1 million subs!

  98. TMLN 4

    Congrats on 1 million Tim! Great vid as always! We always learn loads, thanks

  99. Adam Pouliot

    Congrats on 1 Million Tim!!! Looking forward to the 1m stream.

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