Enter the total cost of fuel, overhead cost, and cost of the rocket into the calculator to determine the cost per launch.

Cost Per Launch Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Cost Per Launch.

CPL = FC + OC + RC
  • Where CPL is the cost per launch ($)
  • FC is the fuel cost for the launch ($)
  • OC is the overhead costs for the launch ($)
  • RC is the cost of the rocket ($)

To calculate the cost per launch, sum the fuel cost, overhead cost, and rocket costs together.

What is a Cost Per Launch?


A cost per launch is defined as the total cost of fuel, overhead, and rocket costs to perform one launch.

How to Calculate Cost Per Launch?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate Cost Per Launch.

First, determine the fuel cost. In this example, the fuel costs is $1,000,000.00.

Next, determine the overhead costs. This rocket takes $500,000.00 in overhead per launch.

Next, determine the cost of the rocket. The cost to build this rocket was $10,000,000.00.

Finally, calculate the cost per launch using the formula above:

CPL = FC + OC + RC

CPL = $1,000,000 + $500,000 + $10,000,000

CPL = $11,500,000.00 / launch