The company also has two running launch vehicles (MLVs). The regular MLV could carry a little less than 7500 lbs in orbit around the earth and would have its first flight in 2022, while a heavy variant with three nuclei would be in & # 39; early development & # 39; and would transport more than 13,200 lbs.
None of the MLVs is on the verge of allowing SpaceX developers to break out in a cold sweat. A Falcon 9 rocket can carry 12,100 pounds to a geosynchronous orbit, even if the first stage is meant to land. That is not what Stratolaunch is really looking for. Rather, this is intended to reduce both the cost of loading payloads and increase flexibility. Although it may take years before all these announced vehicles are taken into use, it may be worth it if it makes the space more accessible.