atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4742: Look at how the cost-to-orbit declined.

Cost to orbit schedule, 1967, from TRW. $3825 (in 2015 dollars) per pound to orbit is a bargain compared to what it costs these days from most platforms.

The Saturn V, in 1967, was expected to boost 115 tons to low Earth orbit (LEO) for $540 per pound (1967 dollars) and it was the cheapest per-pound launch vehicle there was.

Guess who is doing better than $3,825 per pound to orbit? SpaceX, that's who. Right now they're running about $2,115 per pound to LEO. Falcon Heavy is expected to cost--get this--$772 per pound to LEO.

Damn I loves me some SpaceX! Those guys are awesome!

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