Elon Musk of SpaceX pricing: contact the satellites are free
The budget of the US Air Force has recently become available for review to all interested, so there was an opportunity to compare prices starts from the companies providing such services. It turned out that SpaceX - big fellows, and their prices are significantly different from rates United Launch Alliance (ULA), owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
The US government pays a fixed price for ULA launch any launch vehicle, whether it's Atlas V, Delta IV and Delta IV Heavy. In addition, companies pay additional contributions to ensure one hundred percent ready to launch in case of emergencies.
According to published on the website estimates the cost of launching a rocket will be 422 million US dollars in 2020 fiscal year, and the next - already 424 million. At the same time last year, the US Air Force paid for SpaceX launch a communications satellite only 83 million, and in the spring of 2017 SpaceX launched to orbit another satellite for a 96 million. The commercial launch of a Falcon 9 rocket is worth about $ 65 million, but the military usually impose more serious as regards safety requirements and ensure starts, so for them the price is usually higher. But even if the difference is obvious.
$ 300M cost diff between SpaceX and Boeing / Lockheed exceeds avg value of satellite, so flying with SpaceX means satellite is basically free https://t.co/CaOulCf7ot
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2017
On this occasion, Elon Musk wrote in his Twitter account that at such prices the customer in fact receives satellite free himself, and executive director of the ULA acknowledged that the company can not compete with SpaceX for launch costs.