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Specifically, the analysis of development and operational expenses, as well as vehicle failures, found that SpaceX had cost NASA about $89,000 per kg of cargo delivered to the space station. By the same methodology, he found Orbital ATK had cost $135,000 per kg. Had the shuttle continued to fly, and deliver cargo via its Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, it would have cost $272,000 per kg.
"it is arguable that the US Treasury has already made that initial investment back and then some merely from the taxation of jobs at SpaceX and its suppliers only from non-government economic activity," the study finds.
The detailed study then attempts to calculate the costs of the commercial cargo and crew programs combined, comparing that total to continued shuttle flights, which could carry both supplies and astronauts at the same time. Zapata's best estimate is that the commercial programs cost only about 37 to 39 percent of what it would have cost NASA to continue the space shuttle program.
COTs: una manovra del fisco USA per risparmiare sui lanci verso la ISS.Avrei dovuto capirlo subito che la parte romantica dell'aprire lo spazio ai privati si limitava solo a questo
Certo, nelle stive di Dragon e Cygnus ci sono anche carichi di altri enti che pagano e basta, ma vedere questi veicoli in voli privati, con carichi privati per scopi privati, che è la vera apertura dello spazio ai privati? Ancora nulla.Ergo il programma manned farà la stessa fine.