# How much does it cost to build a spaceship

In May 2010, SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) successfully launched and landed the first privately designed and built rocket onto a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean. It was the culmination of five years’ work and over 200 test flights of various rockets. The video below will give you a detailed description of its design, manufacture and delivery to the launch site.

## How much does it cost to build a spaceship

The Space Shuttle weighs about 2 million pounds at launch. The shuttle weighs more than 400 times as much as the Mercury capsule, even though they are both about the same size. The extra weight is due to all of the extra fuel required to make the shuttle orbit Earth and return home again.

## How much did space shuttle Atlantis cost?

Space shuttle Atlantis is one of three remaining space shuttles in NASA’s fleet. It was built by Rockwell International Corporation and Boeing Aircraft Company under contract with NASA in 1979-1981 at a total cost of \$2 billion (in 1978 dollars).

The cost of building a spaceship is an astronomical amount of money. The costs vary depending on the size, shape and complexity of the spaceship. For example, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission cost \$2.5 billion and the space shuttle Atlantis cost about \$1 billion per flight.

The following are some estimates for the costs of building a simple rocket to Mars:

A small rocket that carries 100 kilograms of cargo will cost about \$500 million to launch (assuming all components are reusable).

To build a large rocket that can carry 1,000 kilograms of cargo will cost about \$10 billion per launch (assuming all components are reusable).

The question is actually quite simple. The answer, however, is more complex.

The first thing to remember is that rockets are not just one-time investments. Rockets are reusable. This means that once you’ve built one, you can use it over and over again. In fact, most of the rockets that have been used in space exploration have been used multiple times before being retired.

The way this works is by using boosters attached to the main booster stage on top of the rocket body and then detaching them at certain points during flight. Boosters are usually jettisoned during launch and reentry into the atmosphere.

The main booster stage is usually left attached to the spacecraft all the way until it reaches orbit, where it is then detached from the rest of the ship and falls back down to Earth while carrying its payload into orbit around Earth (or another planet). This makes sense since it takes less fuel to bring something back down than it would take to keep it in orbit indefinitely (at least until we figure out how to create artificial gravity).

## How much does it cost to build a rocket?

NASA has said that the cost of sending a person to Mars is between \$2 billion and \$10 billion per person. That’s just the price tag for the journey, not including any supplies or equipment needed for landing on the planet. (And it’s not clear how much NASA’s estimate accounts for the cost of keeping astronauts alive once they arrive.)

## But what about the cost of building a spaceship in general?

That’s a bit trickier to nail down. If you’re talking about something like an airplane, there are several major components: engines, wings, fuselage and so on. For rockets, there are even more: fuel tanks and engines are just two examples. And then there are all kinds of other factors involved in launching rockets into space — everything from insurance costs to maintenance fees to government regulations and more.

So what’s the real answer? It depends on how you look at it…

According to NASA, the average cost of a space shuttle launch was \$450 million. However, this number doesn’t include the cost of building the spacecraft and getting it into orbit.

The United States government spends roughly \$20 billion per year on space exploration. The number is a bit misleading, because most of that money is spent on the International Space Station, which is run jointly by several countries. But even if you only count what NASA spends on its own missions, that’s still a lot of money: about \$15 billion per year.

In addition to government spending, there are also private companies that spend money on space exploration. SpaceX has spent about \$3 billion so far developing its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule for transporting cargo and eventually astronauts to the International Space Station. And Planetary Resources has raised about \$100 million to build a fleet of small satellites for asteroid prospecting.

So how much does it cost to build a spaceship? Well, that depends on your definition of “spaceship.” If you’re talking about something like Apollo 11 or the space shuttle, then you’re looking at hundreds of millions of dollars per vehicle — probably around \$1 billion each by today’s standards with inflation taken into account. If you’re talking about something like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket or NASA’s Orion capsule, then you’re looking at tens of millions of dollars per vehicle — probably around \$50 million by today’s standards with inflation taken into account.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour was built at a cost of \$1.7 billion, according to NASA’s website. The project took five years from start to finish and involved more than 7,000 people working on the project at any given time.

The Apollo Program is estimated to have cost \$25 billion in today’s dollars from 1961-1972. It included 11 manned spaceflights with six landing on the moon between 1969-1972.

The total cost of the space shuttle program has been estimated at \$209 billion. This includes the development and construction of the shuttles, launch facilities and other associated costs.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis (OV-104) was the fourth operational orbiter built, and the first of four to be named after a NASA astronaut who died in the course of duty. It carried out 28 missions during its 17 years in service, including a record-breaking 9 servicing missions to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The final flight of Atlantis occurred on July 8th, 2011, when it returned from its STS-135 mission; it was subsequently placed in storage at Kennedy Space Center until its final journey to its new home at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington D.C., which opened to the public on Saturday June 15th 2012

The total weight of an unloaded Space Shuttle Orbiter is about 437,000 pounds (197 tonnes). This includes all fuel, propellants, cargo and crew supplies loaded aboard for each mission. The weight would vary slightly depending on how much fuel is loaded into each external tank during prelaunch processing.