It has been stated repeatedly over the years that adjusted cost of launch per pound has not changed since 1961. But that is now no longer true.
“One of the big drivers was cost,” Spiwak said. “We’re able to get the launch cost significantly reduced, get more payload mass to orbit, and reduce the overall cycle time of (building each satellite).”
Quote from Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc. on last night's SpaceX launch.
He's hyping the thrusters but the SpaceX launch cost is a major part of the equation. THAT is what it is all about. Lower cost to orbit means payloads don't have to cost so much to build for every inconceivable fringe issue that may not ever come up. You can add some risk because putting up another bird costs less.
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