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NASA spends around $ 450 million per mission to launch a space shuttle, but the SpaceX CEO said his Starship rocket can do it for a fraction of the cost

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk claims the Starship rocket can launch for only $ 2 million per mission – compared to NASA & $ 39 million

  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Starship can launch for only $ 2 million from Earth
  • Musk said the rocket only uses $ 900,000 in propellant to take off
  • This is compared to the $ 450 million that NASA spends on each space mission
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NASA spends around $ 450 million per mission to launch a space shuttle – but the SpaceX CEO said his Starship rocket can do it for a fraction of the cost.

Elon Musk stated that the 100-passenger spacecraft will use only $ 900,000 in propellant to take off, compared to the 1.3 million dollars spent by the US space agency on rocket fuel.

& # 39; If you are considering operational costs, it might come as $ 2 million from SpaceX's pocket every time, & # 39; said Musk at the Los Angeles Air Force Base.

& # 39; This is much less than a small rocket. So it's something that needs to be made. & # 39;

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The comments were made during a conversation between Musk and Lieutenant General John Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, at Los Angeles Air Force Base, as first reported by Space.com.

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NASA spends around $ 450 million per mission to launch a space shuttle, but the SpaceX CEO said his Starship rocket can do it for a fraction of the cost

NASA spends around $ 450 million per mission to launch a space shuttle, but the SpaceX CEO said his Starship rocket can do it for a fraction of the cost

SpaceX hopes that its reusable rocket style will represent a major breakthrough in space technology that will ultimately make exploration cheaper and more sustainable.

The company's Falcon 9 is positioned to be much cheaper than the leading technology, because launch costs are $ 57 million, which is less than $ 2,500 per pound per job compared to the $ 10,000 NASA pays for a pound of useful load into a job.

Last month, the public received an overview of three from SpaceX & # 39; s shiny spaceship.

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In aerial recordings made by videographer John Winkopp, the glittering stainless steel housing of the spaceship takes shape at the company's factory in Cocoa, Florida.

Elon Musk stated that the 100-passenger spacecraft will use only $ 900,000 in propellant to take off, compared to the 1.3 million dollars spent by the US space agency on rocket fuel. & # 39; If you are considering operating costs, it might be $ 2 million & # 39 ;, he said

Elon Musk stated that the 100-passenger spacecraft will use only $ 900,000 in propellant to take off, compared to the 1.3 million dollars spent by the US space agency on rocket fuel. & # 39; If you are considering operating costs, it might be $ 2 million & # 39 ;, he said

Elon Musk stated that the 100-passenger spacecraft will use only $ 900,000 in propellant to take off, compared to the 1.3 million dollars spent by the US space agency on rocket fuel. & # 39; If you are considering operating costs, it might be $ 2 million & # 39 ;, he said

Last month (photo) the public got a bird's eye view of three from SpaceX & # 39; s shiny spacecraft

Last month (photo) the public got a bird's eye view of three from SpaceX & # 39; s shiny spacecraft

Last month (photo) the public got a bird's eye view of three from SpaceX & # 39; s shiny spacecraft

SpaceX hopes that its reusable rocket style will represent a major breakthrough in space technology that will ultimately make exploration cheaper and more sustainable
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SpaceX hopes that its reusable rocket style will represent a major breakthrough in space technology that will ultimately make exploration cheaper and more sustainable

SpaceX hopes that its reusable rocket style will represent a major breakthrough in space technology that will ultimately make exploration cheaper and more sustainable

As reported by CNBC, the video also shows the first stainless steel tires of another prototype from Starship, the Mark 4, being assembled.

Ultimately, Musk hopes that the company's Starship could help people reach Mars for the first time and has set an optimistic timeline for when the experimental vessel could do this.

The first manned Red Planet mission for the rocket and 100-passenger Starship could already arrive in the mid-2020s if development and testing went well, Musk said.

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Additional missions may even include tourist trips to the moon by 2024, according to the CEO.

Although Musk has high hopes for this rocket, scientists have recently poured cold water on the extravagant plans, saying that the first manned trip to Mars would not happen for at least ten years and that the project of Musk & # 39; a fantasy & # 39; used to be.

David Whitehouse, a former BBC science correspondent, said: & Elon Musk was talking about sending thousands of people to Mars in a few years … That is not going to happen at all. When will we land on Mars? Not in the 2020s. & # 39;

He explained that – unlike journeys to the moon, where 12 people have now walked – Mars is fishing a & # 39; other cauldron fish & # 39; is.

WHAT IS ELON MUSK & # 39; S & # 39; BFR & # 39 ;?

The BFR (Big F *** ing Rocket), now known as Starship, will complete all missions and is smaller than the one that Musk announced in 2016.

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The SpaceX CEO said the rocket would make its first voyage to the red planet in 2022 and only transport cargo, followed by a manned mission in 2024, claiming that other SpaceX products & # 39; cannibalized & # 39; would be to pay for it.

The rocket would be partially reusable and could fly directly from Earth to Mars.

Once built, Musk believes the rocket could be used for traveling on Earth – saying that passengers could get anywhere within an hour.

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