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SpaceX Rideshare Program Gains Popularity Internationally

14 months ago, SpaceX changed the face of spaceflight.

Announcing the creation of a new Smallsat Rideshare Program, SpaceX promised to offer “regularly scheduled, dedicated Falcon 9 rideshare missions” to space for satellites “up to 150 kg” at prices “as low as $2.25 million per mission” — or less than $15,000 per kilogram.

Just a month later, SpaceX expanded and simplified the program by adding the option of hitching ad hoc rides aboard its own Starlink satellite launches for as little as $1 million, or $5,000 per kilogram.

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