This response is not intended to sound glib, but a fully-reusable vehicle renders the comparisons you outline effectively meaningless. Musk repeats it over and over: cost per unit of mass to destination. That’s the point of comparison that matters.
This will sound implausible, but I think there’s a path to build Starship / Super Heavy for less than Falcon 9
Starship cost target: $5M
Price per unit mass to destination. If you want a dedicated ride then minimum mission price becomes a consideration.
Quote from: dglow on 06/22/2022 03:33 pmPrice per unit mass to destination. If you want a dedicated ride then minimum mission price becomes a consideration.I fully understand this. The two costs are used to evaluate two separate things. Price per kg tells you which medium and larger launchers will become non-competitive. Price per launch tells you which small launchers will become non-competitive.Max payload per launch tells you that SLS is non-competitive.
If there were 100 Starship built each year and 20 Super Heavy Boosters, then each Starship would have about $4 million in labor and each Super Heavy booster would have about $10 million in labor. If the production rate was halved and the staff levels were the same then the labor for Starship would be $8 million and the Super Heavy booster would be $20 million. SpaceX is four times slower of the goal at the two per month construction rate. The labor for each Starship would be $16 million and the Super Heavy booster would be $40 million.