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Japan’s space agency says it hopes to forge profitable launch business with new H3 rocket

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Who in their right mind will choose the H3 over SpaceX? Exactly.

Perhaps JGovt and Japan Inc?

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Musk has made it clear that Starship will radically lower the cost of cargo to space, by up to 10x. SpaceX making its existing rockets, already best in the world, obsolete.

Why exactly are startups pursuing legacy rocket tech? Not too sharp, certainly not 'rocket scientists'/I'll PASS!

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Love the traffic cones.

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Who in their right mind will choose the H3 over SpaceX? Exactly.

Smart people who understand the space business.

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Let's see the price list.

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When I saw the photo, I first thought it was the world's largest Iron Lung.

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thats one big azz bomb, oops I mean rocket

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It's not possible to underprice SpaceX for launch service due to SpaceX's launcher recovery technology.

Russia used to be the cheapest launch service provider, but SpaceX is charging half the price of the Russians.

So unless Japan somehow matches SpaceX's launcher recovery technology, it's not possible.

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India is also a competitive alternative for satellite launches.

With all the préalable development and research costs for such a business, at the end of the day, I am not sure it can really be profitable.

But Japan will need a perfect and continuous no fail record, to be able to really compete with other companies. Politics might be the key of success

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HopeSpringsEternalToday 09:51 am JST

Musk has made it clear that Starship will radically lower the cost of cargo to space, by up to 10x.

Musk says a lot of things - many of which turn out to be crap.

SpaceX undoubtedly does some excellent work, but taking what Musk himself says at face value is very unwise in my opinion.

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Who in their right mind will choose the H3 over SpaceX? Exactly.

any businessman with logic and right mind will choose the cheapest and cost-effective one, it got nothing to do with H3 or SpaceX. Tell you what, if an African company invent a rocket with half the price and 99.9% successful rate, people will be rushing to that company and sign contract with them. This is BUSINESS ! grow up

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Riding the sandwormToday  10:27 am JST

Who in their right mind will choose the H3 over SpaceX? Exactly.

Smart people who understand the space business.

Apparently, all these SpaceX flights to International Space Station, projected 90% of space cargo for 2024, far more space revenues than entire industry combined, guess all these people choosing SpaceX are DUMB?

Why is it SpaceX has all major US Govt. Space Contracts? Called superior technology and track record. Country run outfits = garbage, global technology culture likes $incentives like stock options, not paycheck culture.

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No talent in their right mind would EVER work for a Govt. run and or owned Space Company. Ditto financial investors based their Space Startups. Strictly B TEAM.

All Serious Talent wants to work for true Technologists, not morons in suits and they $STOCK $options!!!

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Cost of putting 1kg in to orbit:

NASA SLS: $14,500

JAEA H2A: $10,000

JAEA H3: $5,000 (predicted)

Space X Falcon Heavy: $1,520

Space X Starship: $970

Musk claims* Space X can drop that to two digits within a few years through economies of scale.

I'd love to see JAEA's predictions.

I know, I know. He claims lots of things.
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Keep going Japan..

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