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30 minutes ago, CardboardGuy said:

i googled it and a falcon 9 costs $62 million - stage 2(lets say $20 million) = $42 million.

That's what they charge, not what it costs.

58 minutes ago, Wjolcz said:

The problem is if the booster misses it's that +whatever the booster costed +building a new one in its place.

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They pay for the booster, regardless.

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13 hours ago, Wjolcz said:

The problem is if the booster misses it's that +whatever the booster costed +building a new one in its place.

That's not quite right--you can't count the cost of both boosters.

If they succeed, their cost to get from one launch to the next is (ASDS recovery + cost of refurbishment)
If the booster misses, it's (ASDS recovery + cost of a new booster)

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Just now, CardboardGuy said:

oh. okay.

Yeah, we don't know what SpaceX's actual costs are. Musk has said the full production goal for Raptor is 1 engine a day, and 250k$ per engine. Raptor is more complex than Merlin, and SpaceX can make a Merlin in a day... It's a fair bet each Merlin costs well under a million. Let's say they cost a million. That makes a F9 cost what? 20M? (10x1M engines, and another 10 for the tanks?)

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17 minutes ago, RealKerbal3x said:

some lovely Test Shot Starfish music

Cities in Flight.
A particularly good one in my opinion!

Anyways: In-flight abort in February 2020. When was it scheduled for initially?

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Wrong time
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