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Comment Re:Human missions = funding (Score 1) 108

The beauty of SpaceX engines is how adaptable they are. If you only want an extremely light payload to orbit, use one engine (Falcon 1). For typical payloads, use 9 engines (Falcon 9). For heavy lift, use 27 engines (Falcon Heavy). The raptor engine will likewise be applicable to a variety of situations, not just Mars colonization -- and the large number of engines they'll have to make for the Mars Colonial Transporter will just mean better economies of scale for the more typical small Earth satellite launches.

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