posted on Sep, 9 2017 @ 02:41 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
Wasn't SeaLaunch more or less profitable as well? (at least, before the Ukraine BS)
The way I see it, StratoLaunch seems like a much, much cheaper version of SeaLaunch once you get past the initial acquisition cost. Now, you no
longer have to staff two vessels in the middle of nowhere or worry about payload prep/erection on a ship in the tropics, and the expendable launch
vehicle now gets to be that much smaller/cheaper relative to your payload since you're launching it at 50,000 feet instead of from sea level.
I'd imagine that StratoLaunch will also have a much faster turnaround time, since it takes that much less time to get your payload from wherever you
want to build it to wherever you want to launch it, on the order of hours instead of weeks, meaning that they could perform 3-6 launches in the time
it would take SeaLaunch to launch one.
The question is, can the launch vehicles that StratoLaunch carries get the same sorts of payloads into GSO that SeaLaunch's Zenits could?