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Taxpayers are complaining about the costs of individual satellite/space launches, but most are unaware of additional subsidies. For instance, ULA is on track to receive roughly $1 billion in FY17, $1.2 billion in FY18, and a total of roughly $12 billion since 2006 to fund launch operations. No other provider receives this subsidy, including SpaceX, which charges less than ULA for a launch. In fact, competition from SpaceX prompted ULA to slash its price by one third. What’s your opinion?