LOS ANGELES – Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is continuing preparations to fly a second, more capable, reusable Falcon 9 first stage testbed at higher altitudes incorporating lessons learned from the first vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle, which was lost Aug. 22 during a test flight over Texas. The F9R Dev1 was destroyed when the vehicle’s auto-termination system activated shortly after lifting off from SpaceX’s rocket test site in McGregor. SpaceX ...

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