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FIGURE 2.2 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) and reusable booster system (RBS) relative annual recurring cost based on Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center cost estimates. Note that a RBS cost reduction is based on reducing the cost of both expendable hardware and operations. SOURCE: Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center, “Reusable Booster System Costing, SMC Developmental Planning” presentation to the committee, February 15, 2012. Approved for Public Release.

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FIGURE 2.3 Comparison of the vehicle life cycle and recurring cost. For the Air Force projected launch rate of 8 to 12 per year, the reusable booster system recurring costs projected by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center are approximately $40 million less per launch than the costs with expendable launchers. SOURCE: Air Force Research Laboratory, SMC Development Planning Directorate, “Spacelift Development Planning,” presentation to the committee, February 17, 2012.



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