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2009-May-05, 01:00 PM
How can I find how much it costs to NASA to launch the satellite made by another country?
I need to know how much must pay Argentina to get their SAC-C satellite launched. How can I know it? Has NASA some budget page about this? Is in the web?
Thanks a lot!

2009-May-05, 04:36 PM
Exact numbers can be sort of hidden, since routine launch services are provided by commercial contractors. Swift launched on a similar Delta II 7320, and the budget contracted to Boeing for the whole package of launch services was given as $50 million (http://heasarc.nasa.gov/docs/swift/news/2001/04-03-01.html).

2009-May-05, 04:49 PM
Malleus, wouldn't it be easier to get that information from the Argentinian operator of that satellite? Or are you checking their figures?

2009-May-06, 03:07 PM
slang: good question. When we ask our space directors, they say that the USA is donating the launching costs, and thatīs very difficult to believe.
Thatīs the reason Iīm asking about how to find real launching costs.
Thanks all of you for your help, guys!

2009-May-09, 03:59 AM
Its possible they are piggy-backing it on another mission. That reduces the cost I believe.

ETA: From the SAC-C website (http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/gsfc/service/gallery/fact_sheets/spacesci/sac-c.htm):- SAC-C will share its launch vehicle with NASA’s EO-1 spacecraft.