Space Tourism … and Much More
Good luck, Relativity. It looks like at the very least their 3D printing and materials science tech will produce some sell-able intellectual property.
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10 Million Dollars per rocket, that first flies NET 2021…
What size of a launcher are we talking about? Electron is also 10M, and probably ready for service in 2018 if the next test flight goes well.
If their launcher is of similar size, I’m note sure it will be competitive by 2021.
Yes, it’s odd to see the difference in the automotive versus the space launch industries. Tesla has delivered the car world a kick up the ass, and the big established manufacturers are responding with huge commitments to follow suit and try to out-compete Tesla. SpaceX delivers a kick up the ass to space launch and the big established organisations have responded with a one foot forward (slightly more cost effective to manufacture designs), and one foot planted in the past (same old expendable big engines and solid boosters) approach – the new entrant BO being the only noteworthy exception. That leaves the majority of innovation and motivation (outside of SpaceX) in the hands of small startups who may struggle to find a competitive niche once the SX reusability ball is fully rolling.
Part of it is for the big companies economics. The solid rockets are a WELL known for them. Missiles and such are all solid rocket engines.
What you so accurately describe is the difference between market-based organizations with myriad customers who can, on a moment’s whim, decide not to buy your product in favor of someone else’s and organizations with one customer who – up until quite recently – didn’t have a choice of suppliers.