It was not that surprising, in the end. Many will say they saw it coming. Space is a tough place to do business, and it was only a matter of time before retrenchments emerged. Unfortunately for new space and old, “it” in January meant a lot of things. Take the late Paul G. Allen’s Stratolaunch, which on Jan. 18 said it was aborting pursuit of a family of dedicated launchers and PGA rocket engines once eyed for launch from the company’s behemoth carrier aircraft. The ...


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