Author Topic: Satellite operator SES seeking SpaceX launch services of a used F9 1st Stage.  (Read 3099 times)

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« Last Edit: 02/24/2016 05:22 pm by catdlr »
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SpaceNews had an article last year where SES said the same, so apparently the failure last year hasn't changed their minds.

And in general, it's good to have a customer be so vocal about reusing a stage.
If we don't continuously lower the cost to access space, how are we ever going to afford to expand humanity out into space?

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If the launch is insured and it will help drive future launch costs down, it is a relatively low risk smart decision.

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http://news.yahoo.com/satellite-operator-ses-says-interested-used-spacex-rocket-224246415--finance.html

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SES, which currently operates a constellation of 53 satellites, has three more satellites under contract to fly on SpaceX Falcon rockets through 2017, Halliwell said.

“I did throw out a challenge to SpaceX that we would be the first satellite operator that would use the same rocket twice to get to … orbit. That’s something which I would really like to do,” he said.
I love how publicly bullish SES (and for that matter ORBCOMM) are about SpaceX.  NASA has clearly been very supportive of SpaceX, especially financially.  But their commercial customers getting so excited about the possibility of a reusable rocket stage is very encouraging.
Space is not Highlander.  There can, and will, be more than one.

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"Satellite operator SES looking at buying used 1st Stage for a launch..."

Oooffff
Nobody is buying a launch vehicle, only a launch service...
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Well maybe one day big satellite companies like SES have their own reusable first stage stored at the launch site and they just pay the launch company a maintenance fee for keeping it flight ready and then buy service for supplying second stage and launching & landing the thing :)

(no, not really a serious post, but hey, Boeing or Airbus doesn't own the planes airlines fly around...)
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"Satellite operator SES looking at buying used 1st Stage for a launch..."

Oooffff
Nobody is buying a launch vehicle, only a launch service...

Thread title corrected.
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SES is showing great foresight.  They already foresee the day when customers WILL NOT fly on a vehicle that has never flown before!

Like airliners.

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SES says they are asking SpaceX for 50% discount to be the first payload on a reused stage.

http://spacenews.com/spacex-says-reusable-stage-could-cut-prices-by-30-plans-first-falcon-heavy-in-november/

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Well maybe one day big satellite companies like SES have their own reusable first stage stored at the launch site and they just pay the launch company a maintenance fee for keeping it flight ready and then buy service for supplying second stage and launching & landing the thing :)

(no, not really a serious post, but hey, Boeing or Airbus doesn't own the planes airlines fly around...)

Mildly related, Boeing used to run its own airline. (im sure most of you guys already know this lol)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Mail_scandal#Consequences_and_effects

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