ISS Cargo Cost Increase Partially Caused by SpaceX Price Hikes

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  1. DooKey

    DooKey [H]ard DCOTM x4

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    A recent report from the NASA IG reveals that future ISS cargo costs are going to increase and the amount of cargo delivered is going to decrease. This is the result of SpaceX raising their launch prices by 50 percent and NASA selecting three suppliers instead of two causing each competitor to have fewer launches over the lifetime of the contract. As a matter of fact it appears that SpaceX is losing their cost advantage to Orbital ATK. However, costs are still down compared to previous years thanks to private companies stepping up with new technology and the taxpayer is still getting great bang for the buck.

    One reason for that, the report said, is that SpaceX redesigned the Dragon 2 capsule to increase cargo volume by 30 percent, run longer missions and give NASA quicker access to scientific samples returning to Earth. It also seems that SpaceX may have been undercharging for its services. "They also indicated that their CRS-2 pricing reflected a better understanding of the costs involved after several years of experience with cargo resupply missions," the report stated.
     
  2. katanaD

    katanaD [H]ard|Gawd

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    actual competition in the space launch business...

    AWESOME !!
     
  3. ecuador

    ecuador Limp Gawd

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    Actually SpaceX is still undercutting Orbital ATK, as their price includes return cargo capability which Orbital doesn't have, and Dragon 2 should also be able to carry crew as well. Plus, SpaceX flies American rockets, Orbital flies Ukrainian rockets, which may matter to Americans.
    But they are both crazily undercutting Boeing and Lockheed who normally charge 10x for the same thing...
     
  4. mord

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    As a tax payer I wish spacex kept the lower rates.

    As a business person if you can increase your price 50% and STILL BE THE CHEAPEST OPTION.... duh.
     
  5. mord

    mord Limp Gawd

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    The American made point is good. Particularly an American company that successfully plows money back into R&D.
     
  6. seanreisk

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    Most of the articles I've read said that after the accounting was done, Spacex found out that their margin for CRS1 was prettty slim.