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MyffyW Silver badge

Re: Reusable?

Agree if you use up more resources refurbishing something than would go into creating it in the first place then it's right to consider the disposable route.

The Space Shuttle Main Engines were an engineering masterpiece but had to be pretty much rebuilt between each flight at immense cost.

BUT.... What Musk et al are trying to do is entirely in line with every other major form of transport - be it Roman Chariot, Viking Long Boat, Ship of the Line, Pacific A4, VW Beetle or Boeing 747 - if you've gone to the trouble of making something so intricate it seems a damned shame to throw it away after the first use.

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