SpaceX reopened historic Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with a spectacular mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Feb. 19, forging ahead with its plans to use the leased site to launch astronauts as well. The company, which is still repairing its original East Coast launch pad after a devastating prelaunch explosion last year, managed operational risk at the new facility with cool-handed skill. “[T]hat 1% chance isn’t worth rolling the dice,” ...

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