K-1 vehicle can accommodate multiple satellites. For example, the
K-1 Multiple Small Payload Adapter-1 can fly up to 3 mini-satellites,
with satellite mass up to 1,100 lb (500 kg) each, and the K-1 Multiple
Small Payload Adapter-2 can fly up to 8 micro-satellites, with satellite
mass up to 375 lb (125 kg) each, along with a primary payload.
Satellite owners and operators, particularly those with small satellites,
must look high and low for rideshare opportunities that suit their
budget and technical requirements. More often than not, they find
themselves waiting as long as three to four years for the ideal
For small satellites, rideshare will be an integral component of
RPK's launch services. By standardizing rideshare services,
RPK increases the flight opportunities to popular orbits and
reduce the risks and inefficiencies associated with customization.
Regular rideshare service also allows easy coordination. RPK's
“Ticket-to-Orbit” approach is similar to the airlines
– customers may buy “seats” on K-1 missions, using
standard interfaces and services.
The K-1 can offer a cost-effective alternative to existing services
for multiple small satellite rideshare, enabling shorter waits at