Weight and flying


in Bombs and rockets, Economics, Geek stuff, The environment

Apparently, cutting one kilogram from the weight of a commercial airliner saves about $2,200 in lifetime fuel costs. By contrast, putting a single kilogram of cargo into space costs $25,000 (a bit of a drag for those with aspirations of asteroid mining).

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. April 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm

“The International Space Station has cost more than 30 times its own weight in gold.”


. June 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

It can cost around $16,000 per kilo to send supplies like fuel into low Earth orbit. Transporting fuel to the Moon would cost at least five times as much, says Jeffrey Hoffman, a space-flight expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is familiar with SEC.

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