WingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2031 posts, RR: 56 Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 11862 times:
They're at it again... after the unsuccessful Flight 3, which suffered a stage separation malfunction, Falcon 1 Flight 4 is on the pad and has already performed a static fire. This test flight (no revenue payload) is currently expected to lift off sometime between 28 September and 01 October.
Nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1576 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11642 times:
Dang. There goes their perfect record.
Way to go Elon. Looking forward to booking my Dragon flight on Orbitz.
I'm betting they won't have too much trouble finding customers who will take the risk for 75% off the Pegasus price.
Nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1576 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 11621 times:
I know that Elon's biggest advantage was having a few hundred million to throw into the project without having to worry about ROI. I guess we'll have to wait a few years for realistic look at cash flow and profit and all that mundane stuff.
If they can really churn out Merlins for a couple million each we just might see the beginning of the launch business the way it should be.
And, if the guys figuring things like stage seperation delays don't fall asleep during Rocketry-101 again.
WingedMigrator From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2031 posts, RR: 56 Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 11471 times:
way to go SpaceX ! This is the biggest space story of the year, in my opinion.
Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 10): I know that Elon's biggest advantage was having a few hundred million to throw into the project without having to worry about ROI.
It's a business with extremely high barriers to entry... now that they're in, their only competition is going to be the Big Boys. The latter cannot move or reorganize on a dime. It remains to be seen whether SpaceX can consistently undercut them. Whatever happens, it will be extremely healthy for this industry.
Quoting N328KF (Reply 13): OSC has moved on....to the Minotaur and Taurus lines...
That'll be news to OSC. They're launching a Pegasus next month.