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grapes
2014-May-13, 04:08 AM
With apologies to Noclevername and his Space suit prices thread, I want to ask what is the off-the-shelf cost of a launch vehicle?

This blog post http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/12/310812544/rocket-wars-will-a-suit-by-spacex-get-off-the-ground says SpaceX is suing, that they can make 'em $100-300 million cheaper.

NEOWatcher
2014-May-13, 01:10 PM
I think I replied to a similar question recently with "it depends on you payload, orbit, services included, etc". Meaning that it would be very difficult to compare different vehicles.

But; Astronautica (http://www.astronautix.com/articles/costhing.htm) has a very good discussion about this.

grapes
2014-May-13, 01:50 PM
I think I replied to a similar question recently with "it depends on you payload, orbit, services included, etc". Meaning that it would be very difficult to compare different vehicles.

But; Astronautica (http://www.astronautix.com/articles/costhing.htm) has a very good discussion about this.
Interesting, the article in the OP specifies the Atlas V, but your link puts that price at $147 million per launch. How would it be possible for SpaceX to undercut that by $100-300 million? :)

NEOWatcher
2014-May-13, 03:11 PM
Interesting, the article in the OP specifies the Atlas V, but your link puts that price at $147 million per launch. How would it be possible for SpaceX to undercut that by $100-300 million? :)
That sounds like a base price. SpaceX is trying for around $50M which is the $100M difference.

grapes
2014-May-13, 04:24 PM
Ah yes, the Falcon 9 wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_9 lists a per launch price tag of $56.5-59.5 million

Weird. It would seem to me that a more impressive way to say that would be "forty percent of the cost" rather than $80 million less, however impressed I am by $80 million

cjameshuff
2014-May-13, 04:55 PM
The bulk buy deal was $2.6 billion for the first 14 of 36 cores, so $186 million/core...and that appears to specifically be the hardware rather than launches.

Note that the defense launches are more expensive for both due to stricter requirements.

grapes
2014-May-13, 06:11 PM
I was just taking the info in that first article in the OP at face value, and trying to understand where Space X was finding the savings of $100-300 million per launch