Can I have the above Space Vehicle sent up there in multiple parts and have it assembled by people in my hypothetical shipyard space station ? How many time can a space vehicle shuttle from LEO-to-GEO-and-back per turn/year ?
How many time can I launch the same Spaceplane to orbit per turn/year ? How do you calculate equipment reliability/failure modes ?
Can I rent my assembly lines/orbital assembly capabilities to other ? Can I be contracted by others to use my personnels and assets to maintain their own orbital assets ?
Launching an item in multiple parts: +10% per additional part. I.e. 1 part = base price. 2 parts = 1.2* base price. 3 parts = 1.21 * base price, 4 parts = 1.331 * base price, aso. So if you use four of the 30-ton Rocket to launch a 120-ton Space Vehicle to orbit, that space vehicle will cost an additional 33.1 % more. Developing a 60-ton capacity rocket might actually be cheaper at this point.
Spaceplanes and Space Vehicles can only launch 1/yr, again improvable by research. I am assuming full reliability, to avoid extra rolls where your new ship loses computer control while orbiting Jupiter.
So the Space Vehicle would move the satellite from LEO to GTO and return, and that would be it's year's operation (technically it should be 2 years, but Earth orbit is fairly well mapped/tracked.
Renting Assembly lines and other equipment to other companies is an inter-company matter, and the two players would negotiate the price among themselves. You just have to list the items on your turn reports, i.e.:
(snip, probably involving Equipping the rented Assembly Line with a new Design)
Rent Assembly Line for Terratrans for $1B
Allow Terratrans to use 3 LeoTug Space Vehicles to move 3 Solar Satellites to GTO.
(snip, probably involving launching 3 Osiris Solar satellites to LEO)
Assembly Line #3 rented to DH-1 Industries for $1B
Use 3 Leotugs from DH-1 Industries to move Osiris-4, -5, and -6 Solar Satellites from LEO to GTO.
Can I sell my services to the world militarilies to launch spy satellites for them and generally spy on their enemies whilst providing plausible deniability?
Yes, there will be contracts to launch satellites, if your launch prices are cheaper than the IASA designs already existing. (Those prices are fairly expensive, so it should be easy.) Figure the host country handles deniability, as you are just a contracting company. The other option is where you are using a 30-ton capacity rocket, and only putting up 20 tons into orbit. You could get a message asking you to toss a 10-ton extra in the cargo bay.
These will be after the companies prove their capabilities. I.e. you have to launch a rocket or spaceplane of your own, before the companies and IASA will trust that your stuff will work. One way to do this is to launch Supply into orbit.
Supply = general collection of food, O2, fuel, etc. Free on Earth, getting it to space is the job of the companies.
You can also have IASA asking you to launch cargo to clean up Earth's orbit (giant aerogel packets that catch debris, and deorbit). Think free money, all you have to do is launch tonnage to orbit.
If anyone wants to try their hand at designing a rocket, spaceplane, or Space Station module, and either PMing it to me, or posting it here for review, feel free. Next up will be Ground stations, for making your own Moonbase, Mars base, or other exotic locations.
Here is an example first Space Station module, to get people started:
5 tons - base module
10 tons - produces 10 pts research (which can be sold, prices will be available on a per-turn basis)
Total mass = 15 tons
Design Cost: $ 10.5 Billion (15 tons * $.7 B/ton)
Equip Cost: $ 5.25 B (half Design cost)
First cost: $1.313 B (1/8 Design Cost)
Line Maintenance Cost: $ 1.05 B (1/10 Design cost, paid each turn to keep the line equipped to produce an item. If this fee is not paid, the line becomes UnEquipped, can choose not to pay in order to change the line for something else.)
2nd, 3rd, 4th costs: $ 1.445 B, $ 1.59 B, $ 1.749 B
Note: The Research module is Operated, so you need to attach it to a Space Station that has a Living Quarters or Habitation module available for the operator to live in. Also, you have to have the person in the space station to operate the module.