Elon Musk's SpaceX is on a mission to reshape the industry under the watchful eye of Nasa, reports Olivia Rudgard in Cape Canaveral

On the edge of Cape Canaveral, the Florida promontory where the Americans have been launching rockets for more than half a century, is an abandoned platform where three astronauts met their deaths in a 1967 fire, as they rehearsed a planned launch to the moon.

It's a peaceful place, where butterflies and crickets skitter across the concrete, and visitors can pay tribute to the three men who died there at a memorial furnished with marble benches bearing

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Government versus commercial

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But how safe is it?

A national endeavour