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Re: SpaceX Launch Manifest Analysis
« Reply #740 on: 05/11/2015 03:51 PM »
By building enough launch pads, they kill any worry about "schedule risk," which adds value even if they only are launching 30 flights a year vs 50.
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Re: SpaceX Launch Manifest Analysis
« Reply #741 on: 05/11/2015 04:07 PM »
By building enough launch pads, they kill any worry about "schedule risk," which adds value even if they only are launching 30 flights a year vs 50.
Only if the factory can keep up ;)

Pads also cost money to maintain, so you really don't want them sprouting up like McDonalds unless have the demand.
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Re: SpaceX Launch Manifest Analysis
« Reply #742 on: 05/11/2015 04:27 PM »
By building enough launch pads, they kill any worry about "schedule risk," which adds value even if they only are launching 30 flights a year vs 50.
Only if the factory can keep up ;)

Pads also cost money to maintain, so you really don't want them sprouting up like McDonalds unless have the demand.

With reuse, the factory should not be busy -- except for replacement and second stages.  Thirty M1D vac engines are a fraction of current production.  Keeping replacements flowing at present stage production rate should more than meet replacement needs.  I suspect that they have sufficient new product in mind to keep those hands from being idle if F9R/FHR are wildly successful.
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Re: SpaceX Launch Manifest Analysis
« Reply #743 on: 05/11/2015 04:33 PM »
It's seem to be one pad at the Cape (39a eventually), one at Vandeburg, and one at Boca Chica.

Both CC and Van have plans for landing sites but maybe not BC? So, all recoverable flights happen at the first two and at first stage EOL (or premium for low mileage first stage) BC is used.

SX has made it plain that Air Force regs make it difficult for commercial companies to be up close and personal with their launch. They built a guest center outside the gate at the Cape thinking that would be close enough for customers. It would seem that wasn't the solution. They have cited that as a reason for BC.



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