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Re: starship-design: Inter-planetary craft

In a message dated 4/19/00 6:06:54 PM, bfranchuk@jetnet.ab.ca writes:

>KellySt@aol.com wrote:
>> >5 people ( manned craft )-- 500 kg  1 launch
>> >1,500 kg ( unmanned ) cargo/bulk fuel. 3 launches
>> 5 people weigh more then 500 kg.  Besides thats to small, you couldn't
>> anything interesting up.  Unless of course you just want do do a tourist
>> and come back down.
>   I am sure 5 people a day would love to get into space
>for a $10,000 if it was based on the cost of fuel not 
>the price of custom designer rockets,for every launch.

True, if you could do it.

One wit commented: "How much would your ticket to England cost it 747's only 
flew twice a year, and Boeing only sold 4 after developing them?"

>> The bigger platform can use more eficent launcher systems, and has far
>> space to market.  a 75 person platform couldn't keep a effoicent fleet
>> operating.  Unless it was a hotel that cycled folks down after a week
>or two?
>A medium plane has say 75 passengers as a guess. The same size
>would carry 6 people and a pilot. A 747 sized plane 25 people? That is
>as big payloads will be for space,for a reasonable price $150/kg.

Ah a current large launcher carries 10-20 tons of payload.  Thats 40-80people?