Monday, May 02, 2005
(L-R) Drs. Sam Dinkin, David Livingston, and John Jurist, present their controversial paper on the economics of orbital space launches to the Space Access Society Conference 2005 in Phoenix. Their peer-reviewed paper concluded that an orbital space industry will likely have to evolve from a suborbital industry over time. They cited the difficulty in the current economy of bringing orbital launch costs down below the $1,000 per pound goal for an affordable launch industry since range fees and insurance costs alone amount to a minimum $1,000 per pound premium. Read more about their presentation below in the April 30, 2005, post entitled "Reality-Check Day at Space Access Conference: April 29 Notes."
Labels: Space Access Society 2005