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The challenge of cheap orbital access

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:37 am
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by Sam Dinkin: In “Physics, economics, and reality, part deux”, (The Space Review, June 6, 2005) Joe Latrell reviewed “When Physics, Economics, and Reality Collide: The Challenge of Cheap Orbital Access” by John Jurist, David Livingston and myself.

Latrell’s first criticism is that we do not “take into consideration the loss of vehicles that will occur during the program lifetime”. This is specifically accounted for in our huge line item for insurance. We either have to account for the insurance cost, including vehicle replacement (and the insurance of the insurance), or provision for first-party self-insurance, which is the expected actuarial loss. Purchasers of launch services may also have to insure the payloads.

Click here to read the full article at The SpaceReview.

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