Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, gives the keynote speech at the Singapore Satellite Industry Forum in June 2013, in which she predicts that a reusable Falcon will have a per-flight cost in the range of $5-7M.
A group of executives from the incumbent launch providers handwave away the disruptive effect of SpaceX on the launch market, and claim that reusability "is a dream":
I hope that, come the end of the year, some enterprising soul will cross-cut some of the comments made in this video with SpaceX's "Best of 2014" video, including Dragon to ISS (again), GH2 test flights, pad abort and launch abort tests for Crew Dragon, F9R booster flyback and landing, and hopefully, Falcon Heavy launch....
Congratulations to SpaceX on their picture-perfect first geostationary transfer mission. The Falcon-9 v1.1 launch vehicle lifted off from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) at 5.41EST, at the opening of the launch window. The SES-8 communications satellite was successfully deployed to a 295 x 80,000km supersynchronous transfer orbit.
“The successful insertion of the SES-8 satellite confirms the upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle delivers to the industry’s highest performance standards,” said Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX. “As always, SpaceX remains committed to delivering the safest, most reliable launch vehicles on the market today. We appreciate SES’s early confidence in SpaceX and look forward to launching additional SES satellites in the years to come.”
This launch represents SpaceX's first commercial launch from CCAFS, and the first commercial comsat launch from the United States in over four years. This is also the second of three successful launches required for US government certification of the F9 v1.1 to carry lucrative DoD and national security payloads.
Helen Sharman became Britain's first astronaut in 1991. In this interview she recalls how she was selected from amongst thousands of candidates, her stay aboard Soviet Space Station MIR, and the path her life has taken since her historic journey into space.