The next SpaceX Falcon 9 to fly will carry lightweight landing legs just above its nine Merlin rocket engines, as the company begins working toward a vertical-takeoff-and-landing variant that could change the commercial launch services game again (page 48). For now, the Los Angeles-based upstart is focused on its heavy launch manifest this year that includes 6+ commercial missions and four space station cargo resupply runs for NASA. SpaceX photo.
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