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Re: Cost of an HEO launch



David-

Actually, the SpaceX Falcon 1 or 1e could put a spacecraft into HEO or
lunar transfer orbit:

http://www.spacex.com/FalconLunarCapabilityGuide.pdf

The stated cost for this is around $9m.  Of course, they haven't
gotten a successful orbit yet from a F1....maybe the third time will
be the charm.  Hitching a ride on a larger launch vehicle like the F9
is interesting, assuming there is capacity and the willingness to be a
guinea pig (and there WILL be a cost to anyone wanting a ride)...

It will be interesting to see what launch opportunities will be
available in the next few years (if any)...

Dave
AF6KD


On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 4:40 PM,  <G0MRF@aol.com> wrote:
> The anticipated 'going rate' for this new vehicle is shown at the bottom of
> the page.
>
> _http://www.spacex.com/falcon9.php_ (http://www.spacex.com/falcon9.php)
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>
> Test flight anyone?
>
> David
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