SpaceX Offers 30% Discount For Used SpaceX Flight

Posted: Mar 12 2016, 8:32am CST | by , Updated: Mar 12 2016, 8:46am CST, in News | Latest Science News

SpaceX Offers 30% Discount for Used SpaceX Flight
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  • Elon Musk announces 30% Discount Ticket on Discarded SpaceX Rocket Flight

Elon Musk is known for his boldness and bravado. He has announced a 30% discount offer on a ticket aboard a discarded SpaceX rocket flight for earthlings.

Many companies will save whopping amounts of cold hard cash when they buy tickets for flights aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX re-usable rockets. In fact, as much as 30% could get slashed from the steep rates, according to SpaceNews.

This would be a dream come true for many who want to explore the frontiers of outer space. The launch cost would be merely $40 million.

While this may still be a whole lot of dollars and cents, the competition is worse. ULA charges $164 million per launch. As for Arianespace, it tells its clientele to cough up $167 million per launch which is even more than ULA.

SpaceX’s charging standards seem mild in comparison to these companies. The main tactic of SpaceX is the employment of a re-usable rocket. This strategy begun by Elon Musk would save the firm millions of dollars in the future.

It is truly one of those ideas that only a true genius could think of. Musk found a way around the usual rules that were followed in the same old beaten tracks.

After landing a Falcon 9 rocket towards the end of 2015, SpaceX is ready to reuse it for a flight that will cost a measly $4 million. That is $18 million saved.

It is a real miracle in financial terms and can only be termed a recycling of sorts. The tinier second stage of the rocket is not being currently used by the company and it has no plans to use it in the future either.

The next step for SpaceX is to fly a used rocket to space and back in one go. It is quite an ordeal. While Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ company, did this using a suborbital rocket prior to SpaceX’s attempt, the orbital journey has its own hazards and dangers.

Everthing is being perfected and the level of impeccability and expertise that is going to go into the venture will be of the type that Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs managed on a real time basis.

SES, the European satellite organization wants to use a discarded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket too in its adventures in space. It already possesses a booster from SpaceX and may employ it in its future missions.

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