What is the easiest (and cheapest) way to launch a small object into orbit? I know this is not anywhere near a simple task, but I want to put something into orbit for a small amount of money.

Thanks! Holden


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    $\begingroup$ Clyde Tombaugh made it all the way out of the solar system for free - ok, only some of his ashes. The way to make something happen without paying for it is to make it part of someone else's mission. Look for a contest, a sponsor, a rich relative... $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jun 1 '16 at 4:27

The Easiest and cheapest way would probably be as a secondary payload on a already scheduled launch as a cubesat or micro sat or pico sat.

Also Cheapest here is a very misleading term as most cubesat launches are in the tens and hundred of thousands of dollars. There are companies that are trying to bring the price down like http://www.interorbital.com/ and https://www.rocketlabusa.com/ but they are still year(s) away from launching orbital missions.


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