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Comment: Re:$25 Million? (Score 3, Insightful) 55

by nitehawk214 (#48627893) Attached to: India Successfully Test Fires Its Heaviest Rocket

if they can really put this thing in orbit for $25M that would be one heck of a good deal. Wikipedia says the payload is 10,000kg to LEO, which would make it half the cost of a Falcon 9 with about 3/4ths of the payload. And even if this is understated, it still looks to be a pretty good $/kg rate.

Comment: You make THAT much? (Score 1) 275

by nitehawk214 (#48612881) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Reminds me of the late 90's when I graduated. Got my first real job, pre-bubble, and the amount I was making wasn't really all that impressive, but a full time salary is a full time salary. My uncle exclaimed "You make THAT much? Man, how do I get into that industry?"

My reply was, and still is, "If you ask that question, you can't."

Comment: Re:Quoted from TFA (Score 3, Interesting) 193

by nitehawk214 (#48609585) Attached to: NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

This isn't sunken cost as much as pork barrel. Someone promised a Senator from Mississippi that hey would get 300+ million dollars from NASA and by god he was going to get it regardless of how much of a waste of money it is.

Also not surprising that this was from the South where they are against big government, but pro pork barrel.

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