Space SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle after placing 11 satellites into low Earth orbit for Orbcomm on Dec. 21. The vertical landing on a surplus launch pad at Cape Canaveral AFS followed failed attempts to land the reusable first stage on an unmanned barge at sea.   Blue Origin’s New Shepard reusable suborbital rocket made its first successful recovery on its second test flight from West Texas on Nov. 23, the booster landing ...

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