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.
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.