[ExI] darpa's notion of using a retrofitted fighter jet to launch payloads
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Mon Feb 9 15:35:02 UTC 2015
From: extropy-chat [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Kelly Anderson
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2015 11:57 PM
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Subject: Re: [ExI] darpa's notion of using a retrofitted fighter jet to launch payloads
>…Looks like a rip off of Virgin Galactic's basic concept. My question is why would this cost a million dollars?? -Kelly
I can think that a lot of the cost of this would be in the inertial reference gear in the guidance system. For typical satellite work, that stuff doesn’t come cheap. But given some kind of standard bus, there would be mass production, thousands of units perhaps. I can imagine a standardized thousand unit production run of guidance and control systems including thrust vector control getting down below a million clams, and everything else combined below 100k.
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