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Sarebbe interessante esaminare come evolve il portafoglio ordini ed opzioni.
C'è qualche dato diffuso pubblicamente, o viene tenuto strettamente secretato ?
Ne avevamo discusso in passato, non ricordo a proposito di cosa. Compatibilità del profilo di missione, meccanica, elettrica, vibrazionale, acustica, EMC... costi notevoli
Se le uscite sono più delle entrate per quanto tempo ancora potrà sopravvivere SpaceX?http://www.fool.com/investing/2016/12/11/news-flash-spacex-no-longer-profitable-cash-flow-p.aspx
I problemi si allargano, sembra che ci sarà un ulteriore ritardo di un anno (dalla primavera del 2017 a Maggio 2018) del lancio inaugurale di Dragon2 verso la ISS con gli astronauti a bordo, il tutto riconducibile anche a questo problema del lanciatore, più altre cose che riporta il WSJ :https://goo.gl/YqhtJ6
Leggere questo pezzo in effetti fa un po' di paura: ...and SpaceX has actually only been launching rockets for about nine months of the past 21
The solution sounded simple enough. Switch strut suppliers and test all the struts when they come in to weed out defective ones rather than relying on the contractor’s guarantee. At least that’s how SpaceX and founder Elon Musk described the fix, anyway.[...]The really intriguing question is: how could NASA’s investigation into the failure of a single defective strut produce a report with “hundred pages of highly detailed and technical information” restricted by export regulations?That seems like overkill, doesn’t it? Unless, of course, the failure was more complicated than that.
In February 2016, the NASA Administrator and the Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate sent a letter to SpaceX expressing concerns about the company’s systems engineering and management practices, hardware installation and repair methods, and telemetry systems based on LSP’s review of the failure…
That conclusion was reached by an investigation board stacked with 11 SpaceX employee and a single FAA representative. The FAA official was the only board member not to sign the final report.“We acknowledge SpaceX’s investigation was transparent and the observers from FAA, ISS, LSP, NTSB, and USAF had access to the investigation’s data and analysis,” the NASA IG report notes. “However, an investigation led by the employee responsible for the SPX-7 launch and run by the contractor responsible for the failure raises questions about inherent conflicts of interest.”
With rock bottom prices, a low launch cadence, repeated failures, a head count exceeding 5,000 employees, and programs that include Crew Dragon, massive satellite constellations and human Mars missions, it’s not clear whether SpaceX is actually profitable. In fact, the company removed the claim that it was profitable and cash-flow positive from its own website.If there’s another launch failure any time soon, SpaceX could be in serious trouble.
And SpaceX is asking the space agency to overturn a half century of safety practices in order to launch NASA’s most valuable assets.