The Cost Of Space Flight Before And After SpaceX• https://www.zerohedge.com by Tyler Durden
Just eight minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage returned to Earth, landing on one of SpaceX's drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean. This marked the company's 100th successful landing.
Like other companies such as Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, and Ball Aerospace, SpaceX is designing and building innovative spacecraft that are speeding up space delivery by making it more routine and affordable. But how much does it cost to launch a cargo rocket into space, and how has this cost changed over the years?
In the graphic below, Visual Capitalist's Bruno Venditti and Carmen Ang take a look at the cost per kilogram for space launches across the globe since 1960, based on data from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.