Ever since we succeeded in getting into space, at vast expense, engineers have been struggling to make it cheaper. The Space Shuttle was supposed to be so reliable and reusable that it would be cheaper than conventional rockets, ha ha. Now we have attempts by private companies to make space cheaper by doing away with government overhead, so far without much success. The Air Force's latest experiment in launching small satellites cheaply, the rail-launched Super Strypi rocket, blew up yesterday over Hawaii.
Face it, folks, riding a bomb into orbit is difficult and risky and will be for a long time to come.