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|Paypal Founder Close to Cheap Rockets|
Within a year, the cost of launching payloads into space may drop dramatically.
|A Falcon rocket by SpaceX.|
Credit: Florida Today
Or so says Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, and more recently, SpaceX. His
company plans on launching commercial payloads with their two new
rockets for as little as $6 million for light payloads to $18 million
for payloads equivalent to a Delta II or Delta IV-Medium. That's about
a 70% in reduction of cost.
The reasons why he is doing it are even better. The company,
if it succeeds, will make money. That's not the issue for the
philantropist, though. His goal is not only to make space launches
inexpensive, but to make them inexpensive for his original goal: a
biosphere to land on Mars, at a tiny price tag of $20 million. This is
in conjunction with his cooperation with the Mars Society to launch a
spacecraft to test long-term human adjustment to low gravity
situations, and his dream of eventually colonizing--and
terraforming--Mars. Musk may just represent the private interest that
Mars enthusiasts have been hoping for for decades.
(More info: Florida Today, Space.com, SpaceX)
- posted by Brian @ 14:34 EST