The factories are running faster, and launch crews are using two pads at a time as they ready the rockets. Calt’s 25-year-old program to build and fire Long March 3A-series space launchers has never been so busy.  Costs have dropped dramatically, while engineers are refining the production and launch preparation process to cope with the pace and save more money. Yet the Long March 3A series may have only about six years left before retirement, as Calt prepares replacements. The ...

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