Mar 24, 17 / Ari 27, 01 07:28 UTC
Re: Refugees - People on the run from violence, politics, their faith, their economic situation,... - ¶
Fuel is one of the lowest costs available - despite being the most frequently cited prohibitor. The misconception comes from the fact that increasing weight requires to increase fuel to achieve same effect - which has just increased the weight requiring increase in fuel... It's actually rather cheap to manufacture - what is "expensive" is the thousands of man-hours into a single component of the actual rocket that's only really used once - hence the focus on reusable technology and the facination with the "shuttle" system - even on the more "reusable designs" it's commonly really only the absolute upper part, and then when it comes back it needs to be stripped, and every part tested.
Transport would still be a prohibitor, ofc, but this is something I expect to change over time as we can leverage alternate technologies.