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Fraser
2015-May-27, 06:40 PM
The U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday that they have certified SpaceX to launch the nations critical and highly valuable national security satellites on the firms Falcon 9 rocket, thereby breaking the decade old launch monopoly held by launch competitor United Launch Alliance (ULA). ULA is a joint venture owned by aerospace giants Boeing and Lockheed […]

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publiusr
2015-May-30, 06:20 PM
That scream you just heard came from ULA getting staked in its casket by Elon Musk.

Extravoice
2015-May-30, 11:28 PM
Reminds me of a computer purchase I made in the early nineties.
I wanted a math coprocessor, and spent hours searching Computer Shopper magazine over a weekend.
On Monday, I bemoaned the prices to a coworker, who pointed out that a competitor just released a coprocessor and the price of the Intel processor instantly dropped by half. We may see a similar event from ULA.


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Trebuchet
2015-Jun-01, 12:17 AM
That scream you just heard came from ULA getting staked in its casket by Elon Musk.

On the other hand, Boeing is now under contract for a manned launch using Atlas V. SpaceX is not, as yet.


Reminds me of a computer purchase I made in the early nineties.
I wanted a math coprocessor, and spent hours searching Computer Shopper magazine over a weekend.
On Monday, I bemoaned the prices to a coworker, who pointed out that a competitor just released a coprocessor and the price of the Intel processor instantly dropped by half. We may see a similar event from ULA.


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I've always found it strange (to say the least) that the feds developed two competing launchers under the EELV program, in the name of lower costs through competition; then allowed the two providers to combine into a monopoly, again supposedly in the interest of lower cost. No, actually, I don't find it strange. It's US DOD procurement.