A spate of Proton launch mishaps has created a de facto duopoly of Arianespace and SpaceX, two companies vying to dominate the global commercial launch market.  With Russia's heavy-lift Proton grounded following its eighth launch failure in five years – and with the U.S. Falcon 9 rocket yet to prove it can operate on a monthly basis – the global commercial satellite industry is facing a dearth of options for lifting large spacecraft to orbit. At the moment, the only ...


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