Market forces have boldly altered the space frontier

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Market forces have boldly altered the space frontier

The cost of a shuttle launch was $1.5bn, but Elon Musk can send up his Falcon 9 rocket for just $62m

Matthew Field

For those who witnessed it, a tiny speck racing across the dark horizon on Saturday night offered an inspiring sight.

The successful launch by SpaceX of two astronauts into space unleashed a wave of excitement for a new era of space travel in a world weighed down by uncertainty and grief.

Few people seemed more affected by the sight of the first commercial astronaut launch in history than Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and the billionaire founder of Tesla, the electric carmaker...

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