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posted by martyb on Friday March 09 2018, @03:55PM   Printer-friendly
from the pork-is-expensive dept.

Trump on Falcon Heavy: "I'm so used to hearing different numbers with NASA"

During a cabinet meeting on Thursday inside the White House, President Donald Trump called attention to several model rockets on the table before him. They included an Atlas V, a Falcon 9, a Space Launch System, and more. The president seemed enthused to see the launch vehicles. "Before me are some rocket ships," the president said. "You haven't seen that for this country in a long time."

Then, in remarks probably best characterized as spur of the moment, the president proceeded to absolutely demolish the government's own effort to build rockets by noting the recent launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. He cited the cost as $80 million. (The list price on SpaceX's website is $90 million.)

"I noticed the prices of the last one they say cost $80 million," Trump said. "If the government did it, the same thing would have cost probably 40 or 50 times that amount of money. I mean literally. When I heard $80 million, I'm so used to hearing different numbers with NASA.''

NASA has not, in fact, set a price for flying the SLS rocket. But Ars has previously estimated that, including the billions of dollars in development cost, the per-flight fees for the SLS rocket will probably be close to $3 billion. Indeed, the development costs of SLS and its ground systems between now and its first flight could purchase 86 launches of the privately developed Falcon Heavy rocket. So President Trump's estimate of NASA's costs compared to private industry does not appear to be wildly off the mark.

[*] SLS: Space Launch System

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 09 2018, @06:01PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 09 2018, @06:01PM (#650126)

    Thankfully you won't be banned here, as free expression is prized.

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday March 09 2018, @06:42PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 09 2018, @06:42PM (#650152) Journal

    Hey, I've been here a while. I have not been involuntarily committed yet, so far as I can tell.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 10 2018, @06:37AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 10 2018, @06:37AM (#650426)

      Shhh...... nobody tell him!


  • (Score: 3, Funny) by realDonaldTrump on Saturday March 10 2018, @06:57AM

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