In an ironic twist to the rapidly changing story of the U.S. space launch industry, market disruptor SpaceX, with its cut-rate pricing and innovative reusable technology, lost out on a U.S. Air Force Launch Service Agreement (LSA) development contract, which went to competitors United Launch Alliance (ULA), Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.  The Air Force announced Oct. 10 that it plans to spend nearly $2.3 billion over the next six years on research, development, ...

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