When a Falcon 9 rocket was engulfed in flames on the launchpad in September 2016, SpaceX tracked the problem to an upper-stage fueling system flaw and returned the fleet to flight in January. Getting Space Launch Complex (SLC) 40 back into service, however, proved a more challenging prospect.  “This pad was built in the 1960s ,and the documentation on it reflected that was 50 years ago, before modern electronic information systems. We dug in and found pipes and wires and all ...

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