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With SpaceX Poised for Takeoff, Small Rocket Startups Fall Behind

On May 27, SpaceX and NASA were scheduled to launch the first orbital human spaceflight from U.S. soil since the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011. The mission was delayed due to weather and is rescheduled for May 30. But as SpaceX dominates the headlines, a large number of small launch startups are poised to fail. Photo: NASA/Tony Gray, Tim Terry & Kevin O’Connell