Declining U.S. Role in Launch Biz
Futron considers this troubling question in its new white paper, The Declining U.S. Role in the Commercial Launch Industry (June 2005).
"Once one of the dominant players in the marketplace, the market share of U.S.-manufactured vehicles has declined because of the introduction of new vehicles and new competitors, such as Russia, which can offer launches at lower prices and/or with greater performance than their American counterparts. Moreover, with commercial launch demand, particularly for larger vehicles, forecast to be relatively flat for the foreseeable future, and with still more new vehicles entering the market, there is little evidence that U.S.-built vehicles can win back most of the market share they have lost in recent years."
Take a gander.