A newly developed jumbo rocket, which is expected to
carry the United States into its next phase of space exploration,
will be able to deliver a heavier load of instruments into orbit than the space shuttle can, and at a lower cost.

Question: In my opinion, the sentence may be not wrong , but at the same time 【, and】 is unnecessary,
even the sentence is better and more concise if 【, and】 is cut.
Is my opinion right?

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