1. Cape Town
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    31 Mar '17 09:58
    SpaceX successfully relaunched a first stage. From the launch video, the first stage is 80% of the launch cost and the fuel costs only 0.4%.

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    So assuming one or two relaunches per rocket on average, the cost of spaceflight just came down by half.
  2. Subscribersonhouse
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    31 Mar '17 12:14
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    SpaceX successfully relaunched a first stage. From the launch video, the first stage is 80% of the launch cost and the fuel costs only 0.4%.

    [youtube]rWiOimJsdBM[/youtube]

    So assuming one or two relaunches per rocket on average, the cost of spaceflight just came down by half.
    They are also re-using the top shroud which made a soft landing in the ocean. That alone costs 6 milllion US.
  3. Cape Town
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    31 Mar '17 12:29
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    They are also re-using the top shroud which made a soft landing in the ocean. That alone costs 6 milllion US.
    Interesting. I knew they planned to eventually reuse almost everything, but didn't know they had done it yet.