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Old 06-07-2017, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Ornery Bob View Post
Is there really more engineering required to build the Cassini than the Burj Dubai?
Absolutely. Burj Dubai cost $1.5 billion to build, according to Wikipedia. Presumably that includes engineering cost as well as materials and construction. Cassini cost about the same ($1.4 billion) to build, not including launch vehicle and science operations.

But those numbers pale in comparison to some other industries. The F-35 cost $55 billion just for RDT&E (research, development, test & evaluation) (PDF cite). Boeing reportedly invest $32 billion in the 787 program - this page says $13.4 billion just for development.