Americans should be thankful that the Defense Dept. and the aerospace industry are finally about to do something significant to update the U.S.' space launchers. But they ought to be troubled by a last-minute change in the $1-billion program that supports this laudable goal. After decades of using 1960s ICBM technology, the U.S. is poised to develop new families of launchers. And for once, the nation is seeking evolutionary change, not betting everything on technical revolutions. This ...


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