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SpaceX Fundraising Exactly Covers 800 Satellites for Operational Starlink Service

• https://www.nextbigfuture.com, Brian Wang

SpaceX will get money from existing SpaceX investors and new investor Baillie Gifford and Co, who is also the third-largest shareholder in Musk-led electric carmaker Tesla.

How Much Starlink Could You Get With $500 million?

The SpaceX Super Heavy Starship would make the Starlink Satellite network very cheap to deploy.

In December, SpaceX proved that they should be able to reuse the first stage four times or more. Previously they were able to reuse two times. They flew the first stage once and then reused it once. They can now fly it once and re-use three or more times. SpaceX believes they can reuse it nine or ten times and then give them an overhaul and continue using them.

In 2019, let us suppose the average first stage re-use is four times. I think the first stage is about $30 million in cost. All of the Starlink launches would be to low-earth orbit and would be reusable.

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Anarchizona - March 30th 2019