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Old 03-15-2019, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by tbzep
Falcon Heavy will end up cheaper than Vulcan. I don't know if BFR will get into service anytime soon as a fully reusable rocket, but if it is only partially reusable, it will probably beat New Glenn. SLS will become irrelevant.

New Glenn is scheduled for 4 launches in 2021 from the info I've seen. The BFR is guestimated to be launched in 2027 or so. No where could I find anyone with any information on Blue Origin's New Armstrong, which, just going by B.O.'s naming philosophy, would be large enough to make a moon trip.

New Glenn will be the payload king until the BFR takes over, at least as planned now. Will New Glen be the King of Heavy Rockets

Another thing to consider about Blue Origin, until recently, they were not getting funding from the Feds. Their business model was more or less to self fund, using the near space joy rides and science experiments to create revenue. That model has changed somewhat lately I suspect with the adoption of the BE4 by ULA to power Vulcan. Blue Origin's BE-4 Engine Selected by ULA to Power Vulcan
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:31 AM
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I had a college instructor that was around then. He told us about their idea of compact components.

Also said NASA engineers wasted a lot of money having custom resistors and capacitors made. We figured, since there is some variation in components, it would have been cheaper to hire a tech to find those parts out of a box. Also said that was how they saved money farming out the Mars rovers.
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