In the early days of SpaceX, there were many in the industry who were extremely skeptical about SpaceX’s very low launch costs. In 2011 Elon Musk posted a response to skeptics on his company’s website.
11 years later and Elon’s quote remains true. Moreover, since then SpaceX has continued to improve on its pricing. In 2022, the Falcon 9 price per kilogram has dropped by more than 55% relative to SpaceX’s initial price in 2010 (using constant FY21 dollars).
The following chart illustrates the scope of their leadership – as of 2022 the Falcon 9 price is consistently 50%, or more, lower then the vast majority of other launch vehicles past and present.
SpaceX continues to provide industry-leading pricing and Starship promises an order of magnitude reduction in the launch pricing…
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