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Landing Zones 1 and 2 in Cape Canaveral and yet launching from KSC?

SpaceX has facilities at both CCAFS and Cape Canaveral, and uses the Port Canaveral facilities for drone ship operations and unloading. Moving around and between is clearly not an issue, as they have ...
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What is SpaceX doing differently with their Falcon 9 so that it doesn't cost as much as the Space Shuttle?

One of the main reasons for the cost difference is that when the mission requires the use of an orbiter, this adds cost and reduces the payload capacity to orbit. When the mission requirements can be ...
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What is SpaceX doing differently with their Falcon 9 so that it doesn't cost as much as the Space Shuttle?

The other answers provided all the fine details as to the exact differences but I'd like to focus on WHY the space shuttle was designed to cost more than necessary: The spaceshuttle was a breakthrough ...
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What is SpaceX doing differently with their Falcon 9 so that it doesn't cost as much as the Space Shuttle?

The Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) or STS as I'll refer it to in this post, is more expensive than the Falcon 9 in recovery for a bunch of reasons. Here are some that I think influence ...
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What is SpaceX doing differently with their Falcon 9 so that it doesn't cost as much as the Space Shuttle?

A few factors: First, the shuttle had extreme capability and performance requirements that Falcon 9 didn't have, for example: Recovery of a 100-ton vehicle from orbit, with a reusable thermal ...
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What is SpaceX doing differently with their Falcon 9 so that it doesn't cost as much as the Space Shuttle?

There has been about a 20-fold reduction in launch costs vis-a-vis NASA since SpaceX began using the Falcon 9. The Falcon Heavy is yet cheaper and Starship will be cheaper again in costs per kg to LEO....
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