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With regard to the Space Shuttle, the Lamborghini comparison is not just about the fact that it was meant to be reusable. It was extremely ambitious in terms of its capabilities - in order to carry a large payload along with five crew members, the orbiter had to be quite a big machine. My impression is that trying to build that much lift capacity under the ...


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The Falcon 9 in expendable configuration is cheaper by a significant margin than other rockets. However, reusability makes it even cheaper, though the extra fuel and gear needed much reduces the maximal payload. The only publicly available information on the economy of flight proven rockets is a recent reply to tweet from Michael Baylor: Payload reduction ...


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We don't know. One thing we do know is that SpaceX launches are fairly cheap compared to their competitors. Whether that is because of reuse, because their rockets are generally cheaper independent of reuse, or they are simply operating at a loss to shock the market, we don't know. As mentioned by geoffc, SpaceX is a private company, not even publicly traded,...


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While most of the information is private, since SpaceX is not even a publicly traded company, there is some information we can discern. In 2020 SpaceX launched 26 times (1 for In Flight Abort, was a launch but not to orbit). Of those, 5 were new boosters, and 21 were previously flown vehicles. Thus the factory did not have to make 26 boosters for the year, ...


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