Hello again rai130, and thank you for your clarification.
Well I suppose if "time is money" then yes, things like the ceremony
will have some cost, but given the enormous cost of a launch that is
probably negligible. As for the return to Earth, well I suppose there
would be some extra fuel burned to get the capsule into position for
re-entry, but after that it's free fall all the way.
Personally I think they should save some money by putting the EU
constitution into the airlock whilst still in space, and then blow the
airlock over Europe. It would look wonderful as it burnt up on
re-entry, and would make some people smile at the irony of it ;)
That was an interesting question, thank you.
For the sake of copmpleteness here is my answer:
There is no official figure for this, so here is my guesstimate, $8500.
My reasoning is as follows:
Assuming, the EU Constitution is 852 pages of A4 it will weigh 4.25kg.
The cost per Kg to put something into space using the Soyuz launch
vehicle is $2000. So the total cost will be about $8500.
"The official finally numbered version of the EU Constitution plus
final text of the declarations and of the protocols - please note that
the unofficial renumbered version produced by Statewatch six weeks ago
got the numbers correct. The final size of the Constitution is 852
"this piece of information can be useful because each piece of the
most common office paper, A4, has a mass of 5 grams"
"We are all familiar with the cost of present-day space transport:
about $2,000 per kilo gram on the cheapest Russian boosters"
"Now the cheapest available ride is the Russian Soyuz vehicle"
My estimate for the weight of the constitution varies alot from yours,
so I am posting this to know whether you accept my guestimate for the
Thank you for your question and if you need any clarification of my
answer, do not hesitate to ask.
Very best regards
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