• Question: How much is it approximately to make a space camera(in £s)?

    Asked by Masaru :) to Tom on 7 Oct 2015. This question was also asked by Davina_Poppy_Pearl.
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      Tom Morse answered on 7 Oct 2015:

      Hi Masaru,

      Surprisingly, the designing and biulding is not that expensive. It’s all the testing to make sure it’s ok for Space that costs money. Some customers don’t require much testing, in which case it can be quite cheap. Then it’s the launch that dominates any costs of actually building the cameras. Other customers require lots of testing to prove that the camera will work, operationally, 24 hours a day for the entire mission life. Then it becomes a lot more expensive!