Space Exploration Technologies, SpaceX, has numerous rockets on offer. I thought I’d do a handy summary here.
|Vehicle||LEO Payload (kg)||GTO Payload||TLI Payload||Cost $USD millions|
|Falcon 9 heavy||29610||15010||6230***||94.5-104.5|
* – figures for Dragon are currently not very detailed on the SpaceX page.
** – Falcon 1/1e need a ‘kick motor’ to launch a payload to the Moon. Only the 1e can realistically launch enough mass for a small lander.
*** – no TLI mass is quoted for the Falcon 9 heavy, but if the proportion remains the same as for the Falcon 9 between GTO and TLI, then this is the estimate.
The TLI mass for the Falcon 9 heavy might indicate a luna capability for Dragon with the right heat-shield. A two-launch Luna mission might allow a lander. The old Apollo LM massed just ~ 15 tons, thus combined with a TLI stage, this might allow landing on the Moon. Assuming ~ $210 million for the two launches, and ~ $1.5 billion for the LM (aerospace vehicle development costs ~ $100 million per ton the old way), and you’d have a lander mission for under $2 billion. Cheap!