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2012-12-26 11:19:27 AM
Fun Fact: This is Batgirl from the original Batman series.

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2012-12-26 11:25:03 AM
Here is the original press release from Sep 2011.

From the link:

A fully reusable rocket could change the equation dramatically. Musk illustrated the point by citing SpaceX's Falcon 9, which costs between $50 million to $60 million per launch in its current configuration.

"But the cost of the fuel and oxygen and so forth is only about $200,000," Musk said."So obviously, if we can reuse the rocket, say, a thousand times, then that would make the capital cost of the rocket for launch only about $50,000."

"We have a design that on paper - doing the calculations, doing the simulations - it does work," Musk said. "Now we need to make sure those simulations and reality agree because generally, when they don't, reality wins."

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So, yeah, a lot of people a lot smarter than us have thought this through and decided that it's reasonable enough to give it a try. In a best case scenario, the cost per launch could be as low at $250,000. The Dragon capsule carries 7 astronauts for a cost of about $36,000 per person to low earth orbit.

In a worst case scenario, it'll still be a helluva lot cheaper than it is today.
 
2012-12-26 12:10:32 PM

The Bestest: Bisu: Farker Soze: BolloxReader: Quantum Apostrophe: We've already tried reusable rockets. Didn't work. We are here. We will always be here. No amount of sci-fi go-go cheerleading will change that.

I think I understand. You are roleplaying Marvin, aren't you? Do you cosplay him as well? And did you start before or after the 2005 movie? How did the Marvin portrayed there impact your view of the character?

He just wants to protect us from the terrible secret of space.

What if the terrible secret of space is immortality? How ironic would that be?

either way, shoving is the answer


No, pushing is the answer.
 
2012-12-26 12:13:58 PM

Kelvron: The Bestest: Bisu: Farker Soze: BolloxReader: Quantum Apostrophe: We've already tried reusable rockets. Didn't work. We are here. We will always be here. No amount of sci-fi go-go cheerleading will change that.

I think I understand. You are roleplaying Marvin, aren't you? Do you cosplay him as well? And did you start before or after the 2005 movie? How did the Marvin portrayed there impact your view of the character?

He just wants to protect us from the terrible secret of space.

What if the terrible secret of space is immortality? How ironic would that be?

either way, shoving is the answer

No, pushing is the answer.


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2012-12-26 05:46:40 PM

Muta: Fun Fact: This is Batgirl from the original Batman series.

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Wrong thread, but please don't apologize - you've made an old man very happy.
 
2012-12-27 02:19:13 AM

namatad: lokisbong: Quantum Apostrophe: We've already tried reusable rockets. Didn't work. We are here. We will always be here. No amount of sci-fi go-go cheerleading will change that.

And yet again you prove why I have you labeled as a sad space exploration hater. I cant wait to see how this all works when they get it as right as possible and launch people to mars or even just into orbit much cheaper than NASA has done. Woo hoo for future Bond villain extraordinaire.

didnt they already resupply the space station much cheaper than the old methods ??


Yes. They will send 12 supply missions for a bit more than what 3 shuttle launches cost.
 
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