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(Ars Technica)   NASA says that Bezos' Blue Origin sucks at bidding, whistleblowers say Blue Origin just plain sucks, there are too many small rocket companies than can survive, FAA will allow Virgin to fly its "space"craft again, and a fuel depot is to be launched   (arstechnica.com) divider line
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2021-10-03 3:17:27 AM  
Parking the gas tank in GSO seems kind of odd.  It's going to leave anyways to transfer to another slot.
 
2021-10-03 9:48:45 AM  

thehellisthis: Parking the gas tank in GSO seems kind of odd.  It's going to leave anyways to transfer to another slot.


It's an interesting stunt. They get dibs on saying they're the first refueling company. In reality, it's more or less worthless.
 
2021-10-03 11:24:19 AM  
This headline needs work
 
2021-10-03 11:41:48 AM  
I only guessed that this was Rocket Report. This had branding once upon a time with the emojis. I miss that, you could see right away that it was the Rocket Report even without reading the text.
 
2021-10-03 2:55:49 PM  

Destructor: thehellisthis: Parking the gas tank in GSO seems kind of odd.  It's going to leave anyways to transfer to another slot.

It's an interesting stunt. They get dibs on saying they're the first refueling company. In reality, it's more or less worthless.


I wouldn't say worthless, just not likely to make money from selling fuel for a long time. The main problem is that all satellite fuel systems have always been sealed because there was never a reason to make it refillable. These guys main business is selling refillable fuel tank systems to the satellite makers. Which is a lot easier when you can point to an operational filling station. I guess the big question is how many tank refilling systems can you sell before somebody actually needs a fill-up.

Ten years ago this would have been a slam dunk winner. Spending a couple hundred million to save a billion dollar bird is a great deal. The problem is that once lift cost are low enough to make this feasible, then a lot of other solutions also become competitive. Including just sending a new cheaper satellite. Which might also have a refillable tank.

Its like analog modems for brick cell phones in the 80s. The same changing technology that creates the opportunity is also likely to snuff it out.
 
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