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RE: starship-design: YES, we might do it.


> But, if it costs you $10 billino to lift the mineing gear and get
> it working,
> but you only need enough stuff to equal $4 billion in lift costs.  You
> wouldn't launch the mine.  As lift costs drop.  Low tens (may be
> singles) of
> dollars per pound to orbit is now technically possible if their is enough
> demand.  So lifting all the mass from Earth could save you so
> much lift costs
> it would save more then the mine could.

Read the Commercial Space Transportation Study, this was all covered and
allowed for. I repeat, the breakeven point is $100/lb to low Earth orbit.