Spaceflight Consciousness


Why the SpaceX ‘ferry’ just truly launched a new Space Age​
By Glenn H. ReynoldsNovember 19, 2020​
This week, while Americans on the ground saw the embarrassment of lost counts and found ballots, a part of America that works was making history: SpaceX and NASA launched four astronauts into orbit and docked the SpaceX capsule Resilience with the International Space Station.​
To launch a kilogram to orbit on the Space Shuttle cost almost $55,000. To do the same thing on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 costs a mere $2,700, roughly one-20th as much. Musk is promising that it will be a mere $200 on his next craft, the Starship.​
A lot of things that are too expensive to do at $55,000 become profitable at $2,700 — and even more do so at $200. These are the kinds of cost reductions we are used to seeing in the electronics field, but not in the heavy-metal world of rockets​
The lowered costs are already allowing SpaceX to launch its Starlink constellation of global broadband-Internet satellites, something that would have been unaffordable at Shuttle prices.​
At $200 a kilo, all sorts of things become possible, from space hotels to asteroid mining to settlements on the moon and Mars. Space holds huge amounts of energy and materiel, but to take advantage of them, you have to get there. It’s now becoming a lot cheaper to get there.​
Today I read an article on spacenews in which experts expressed doubts about the advisability of expanding the small satellite market. They said that at the moment there are too many launch vehicles for small satellites under development.
More than 100.
Experts say there are many players in this market that are lowering the cost of a launch but not increasing the demand for these launches.
The development of technology is good. But what will happen when rockets fly from everywhere and leave a bunch of satellites in orbit?
In addition to Starlink, 2 more global satellite Internet operators (OneWeb and Sphere) should appear. In addition to SpaceX, there are more than 60 private space companies.
They just have the largest and most loyal fan base.
Nobody forgives mistakes of other space companies.
So I think all these companies will start a real new space age together.