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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: 1) by cykros on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:08PM

    by cykros (989) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:08PM (#1918)

    Not sure, but given the extreme costs of publicly funded space programs in the past, being affordable by the super rich (independently) WOULD be an improvement. That we'd still of course want more improvements wouldn't negate that, just perhaps frame it a bit more accurately.