Let the Space Price War Begin

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, on Dec. 3 Photograph by John Raoux/AP Photo

Eleven years in, the grand entrepreneurial experiment called SpaceX still has to prove itself. On Tuesday evening it reached a major milestone, sending a satellite for paying customer SES into geostationary orbit. SpaceX has flown its Falcon 9 rocket seven times and shown that it can reach orbit, dock with the International Space Station, and bring cargo home. Now it’s put a satellite 22,236 miles above the earth’s surface for a fraction of the going price.

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