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Technical Budget

ComponentCost Estimate (US$)

Launch costs to GEO1.0B

Ribbon production400M

Spacecraft500M

Climbers370M

Power beaming stations 1.5B

Anchor station600M

Tracking facility 500M

Other430M

Contingency (30%)1.6B

TOTAL ~6.9B

Costs are based on operational systems or detailed engineering studies.

Additional expenses will be incurred on legal and regulatory issues.  Total construction should be around US$10B.

Recommend construction of a second system for redundancy: US$3B

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