[amsat-bb] SpaceX Launch Failure Today
jim at coloradosatellite.com
Mon Jun 29 03:02:34 UTC 2015
- Government payloads don't buy insurance as they consider themselves
- Commercial payloads nearly always buy insurance, usually against
launch failure and on-orbit failure. The premiums can be as much as 1/3
the cost of the satellite and launch. The exceptions are the really big
goesync fleet operators who self insure.
- Small payloads like universities would not want to pay for insurance
and there is no one who would write that policy anyway.
The launch vehicle folks do not guarantee delivery. In fact their
contracts have more pages absolving themselves of blame or liability
than any other part of the contract. For smallish sats going along with
big sats the launch vehicle contracts often don't even guarantee they
will put your sat on a particular launch or into a particular orbit.
There are exceptions of course, directly tied to how much you are
willing to pay.
On 6/28/2015 8:15 PM, Steve May wrote:
> I'm curious about the payloads on these rockets that fail. Is there any
> guarantee on the "delivery" of the payloads, even the paid ones? Or is
> there any sort of insurance that can be purchased in events such as this?
> Steve, W5IEM
> On Sun, Jun 28, 2015, 1:24 PM B J <va6bmj at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 6/28/15, Alan <wa4sca at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Key point: nobody hurt.
>> The flight looked like it was proceeding normally until close before
>> the point when staging would have occurred. I watched the video and I
>> didn't hear a controller mention anything unusual until the mishap
>> Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL
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