Game Changer: SpaceX

  • Anthony YoungEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Space Development book series (BRIEFSSPACE)


The establishment of Space Exploration Technologies—SpaceX—brought new and lower cost launch vehicles and services to the commercial market. SpaceX has developed the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon cargo and crew capsules.


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  1. 1.OrlandoUSA

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