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Re: Cost of an HEO launch



 Hi,

 I have seen a moovie on TV a month ago, about SEA-LAUNCH,
an alternative way to launch rockets for commercial Satellites.
It was amazing the ship-pad in the middle of Pacific !
I don't know if that is a cheaper launcher or not, however take a look:

http://www.boeing.com/special/sea-launch/


73, Mak SV1BSX


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Ress" <bill@hsmicrowave.com>
To: "Lee McLamb" <ku4os@cfl.rr.com>
Cc: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 4:13 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Cost of an HEO launch


> Hi Lee,
>
> Thanks for your input on SpaceX. Do you know if AMSAT has contacted any
> of the multi-manifest brokers working with SpaceX to try and flush out
> cost versus payload estimates on the multi-manifest payloads?
>
> Regards...Bill - N6GHz
>
> Lee McLamb wrote:
>> Yes,  AMSAT has been closely watching the developments with SpaceX for 
>> several
>> years. I've also spoken with several people from the company.  Currently 
>> they
>> do not have a launch vehicle capable of reaching GTO type orbits.  That 
>> will
>> change as they bring the Falcon-9 on line.  I think the encouraging part 
>> is
>> they are already accommodating secondary payloads on Falcon-1 missions. 
>> What
>> types of capabilities the Falcon-9 will have are as yet unknown.
>>
>> My day job at the Eastern Range also happens to include working on the 
>> Falcon
>> program as SpaceX converts and activates Complex 40 for Falcon-9 
>> launches.
>>
>> 73,
>> Lee-KU4OS
>> AMSAT Exec. VP
>>
>> On Sunday 20 July 2008 15:45:32 Bill Ress wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Dave,
>>>
>>> While SpaceX only works with primary single manifest customers, but if
>>> those customers can't use the entire payload, then they can work with
>>> third party multi-manifest "brokers" and we in turn could work with
>>> these multi-manifest "brokers" for a piece of the payload. For sure,
>>> lots of negotiating required when and if we find that a primary manifest
>>> customer doesn't need the whole payload.
>>>
>>> I really don't know if AMSAT management has any activity pursuing this
>>> avenue of launch, but if they don't, they should!!
>>>
>>> Regards,,,Bill - N6GHz (AMSAT Board Candidate)
>>>
>>> Dave hartzell wrote:
>>>
>>>> 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)
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Test flight anyone?
>>>>>
>>>>> David
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
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