|Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 6):|
Don´t forget that the Space X program so far is only doing ballistic flights. They don´t have to deal with the problem of getting the spacecraft to orbital velocities or with the problem of slowing it down again for landing. Especially there is little problem with heat dissipation.
At the moment Space X doesn´t do anything which couldn´t be done cheaper with an unmanned sounding rocket.
Once (maybe with the next generation of vehicle) they can get into orbit, it might become commercially interesting, especially if they can carry a payload of a certain size.
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