So on the forum that led me here, someone posted:
It costs 100m to launch a satellite, and usually a couple hundred million to build one, but let’s say they are building them for 50m each. 150 satellites to make the system operational would therefore cost about 22 billion dollars, and that’s before any R&D, maintenance costs (hundreds of millions per year), and the ungodly immense task of complying with radio regulation (and paying licensing) in hundreds of countries.
You can’ t kickstart a 20 billion dollar project, do they have any funding secured for this? Even if they had a billion dollars secured it would still be an almost impossible prospect to get underway.
“requesting time on the International Space Station” Yeah, they have this planned for 2014, do they even have the process started? This sounds like a lot of hot air.
I wanted to donate a little, even if just once (or maybe even becoming a regular) but it made me wonder, will my money just be burned due to the fact that the project may never take-off (quite literally)?