posted on Apr, 6 2011 @ 05:22 AM
reply to post by FarBeyondDriven69
I understand your confusion surrounding the need for this vehicle, but I think that if you think deeply enough about it, the following becomes
readily apparant. The most expensive part of any mission to space, is not keeping the crew alive during prolonged gravity reduction, nor is it
building and testing of equipment to be used either in space or on new worlds. The most expensive and difficult phase of any mission to space, is
launching the damned thing into orbit. Once past this costly post, the other financial considerations are a pittance more often than not.
This means that every mission which has ever flown, has blown the majority of its funding , just getting out of our atmosphere. If this process, the
lofting of a space vehicle, can be reduced in cost, without skimping on saftey , that would represent an amazing oppertunity for those involved with
the scientific endevours of exploration and discovery of our solar system. By paying SpaceX to loft thier equipment for them, the space agencies of
the world could free up the money they would normaly loose by launching thier own gear, and therefore spend more on the actual equipment they are
sending into space, be it satellites, space telescopes, or manned vehicles intended to reach out further into space.
If these oppertunities were not enough, then bare also in mind that the new vehicle claims to be able to loft heavier gear than other launch
methods. Make no mistake, this represents an unprecedented oppertunity to space agencies across the globe, and I hope that those organisations take
full advantage of it, if it can be demonstrated that SpaceX can get things to orbit safely with this "Falcon Heavy".