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SpaceX trumps ULA, but is it really the end of space flight monopoly?

In April, the United States Air Force (USAF) awarded a valuable launch contract to Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) and so brought an end to the effective monopoly enjoyed by United Launch Alliance (ULA) for more than a decade. With the monopoly over and no obvious source of big money funding left, Dr Gareth Evans finds out if the race to space could become a proverbial slam dunk for Elon Musk and Co.

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