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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the Applied-SiddhÄnta dept.

Popeidol writes:

"In November, India took the next step in their space program by launching their Mangalyaan Mars orbiter. The orbiter won't arrive for a while yet, but they've managed to get some public attention for a different reason: the fact that the entire mission costs only 75 million dollars, substantially less than the budget for the hit movie 'Gravity.'

While the question of wages is bound to come up (it was only 15% of the budget of the project), I think we can all agree that bringing down the cost of interplanetary space travel to a level attainable by the ultra-rich is a good step forward."

 
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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by mmarujo on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:36PM

    by mmarujo (347) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:36PM (#1735)

    Good!

    I keep hoping for a new space race, but if even China doesn't cause a reaction, I'm not sure what will.

    When will I be bombarded with ads for space vacation?

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Buck Feta on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:30PM

    by Buck Feta (958) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:30PM (#1884) Journal

    >> bombarded with ads for space vacation

    Spam in a tube?

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  • (Score: 1) by Pslytely Psycho on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:24AM

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @12:24AM (#2048)

    Yes, a new space race would be good. But I think the next big space race will be privately funded. NASA and other agencies created the tech, now private companies can run with it. Dawn of a new era? I hope so.

    As for the cost, I think the headline is a bit sensationalistic. Gravity made in India wouldn't of cost Gravitys budget.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:52AM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:52AM (#2077) Homepage Journal

    I prefer cooperation to competition.

    As to TFS, Gravity may have been more expensive but it paid off in spades. Lets hope India's orbiter does, as well.

    OTOH 2001: A Space Odyssey cost less than the orbiter (although I can't find the figures) and was initially a box office flop.

    You'll see the ads when Virgin Galactic finishes tests and goes online. I wish I had a spare $200k.

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    • (Score: 1) by quacking duck on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:55PM

      by quacking duck (1395) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:55PM (#2493)

      I prefer cooperation to competition.

      To be fair, it was international competition and politics, not cooperation, that got people into space and landed them on the moon. Obviously you need some level of cooperation within a large enough entity to make it work (e.g. large contractors within the US building different parts of the project), and cooperation has resulted in things like the ISS, but competitive tribalism drives people emotionally in a way cooperation can't.