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Since a ride on SpaceX now costs $62 million, these pennies had better be rare ones. (Not to worry, a 1943-D bronze cent sold forS $1.7 million in 2010. Get enough of them, and you’re good to go.)
Why so expensive? First off, its “super-chilled” liquid oxygen really packs a whallop. The chilling allows for more fuel on board, which in turn permits the craft to “carry larger loads into orbit.”
Reviewing this competitively, Lockheed Martin and Boeing “charge about 100% more money to put 14% less payload into space.” What this means is that SpaceX could end up as the only such “game in town.”
That, plus SpaceX’s promised 30% fare reduction for “flying on a reused rocket,” adds up to substantially big savings. Let’s just say it’s all relative, as futuristic passengers may experience firsthand.
Copyright May 30, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved