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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDaPirate View Post
    When I first saw these goals I was a bit confused because there aren't enough launch customers to really take advantage of such a short turnaround time.
    There are launch customers coming up for which a hundred+ launch per year rate is both a feasible and desired solution, mostly the massive space-based internet constellations being planned by e.g. OneWeb (720 satellites) or Samsung (up to 4600 satellites); SpX also has plans to get into that business itself as a satellite operator. As a launch provider, SpaceX already lost out on the OneWeb contract, which Arianespace and Virgin Galactic have won with over sixty launches being planned. Rapid turnaround would be key for SpX to corner that market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveDaPirate View Post
    48 hour turnaround:http://www.spacex.com/careers/position/8642
    Fully automated launch system:http://www.spacex.com/careers/position/7829

    When I first saw these goals I was a bit confused because there aren't enough launch customers to really take advantage of such a short turnaround time. Upon further reflection however, there are definitely some usage scenarios that could take advantage of such a rapid launch pace. One would be rapid replacement of space based infrastructure destroyed in an ASAT campaign. ASAT is already a difficult undertaking, and it becomes a lot less appealing if it only knocks out your opponent's infrastructure for a matter of days or weeks as opposed to months or years.
    Exactly. If another war happens between the major powers it will have a component in space. If Russia and China were not convinced to go after US space assets before, they're probably well convinced now after two years of the US boasting about seeing everything from airline shoot downs to Sukhois and cruise missiles using satellites.

    If there's a fight with the US what happens to those airplanes, missiles, and launch platforms that US satellites can see in real time?

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    Given that China, Russia and the EU all each lift the same amount of observation sats every year as the US nowadays, they don't really need the US boasting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kato View Post
    Given that China, Russia and the EU all each lift the same amount of observation sats every year as the US nowadays, they don't really need the US boasting...
    There's likely to be some pretty substantial differences in the technologies behind these satellites and the capabilities linking them to the kill chain. Being able to say some infrared signature flashed at a grid on the map is different than being able to track and watch airplanes and missiles flying in real time from space.

    When a DoD spokes person stood up on a podium and said, we counted exactly X number of missiles and each went this and that place, or some Sukhois tried to sneak by us but we could clearly see that it was a pair flying in, well, it at least surprised me.

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    Last edited by citanon; 09 Apr 16, at 01:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citanon View Post
    Nice! I knew they'd get there.
    "The genius of you Americans is that you make no clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing." - Gamal Abdel Nasser

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    But can Elon land a Falcon on a Tesla?

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    haha, yeah Sure It is

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