The age of reusable space launchers has finally arrived. SpaceX’s first successful vertical landing of its Falcon 9 first stage, on a surplus pad at Cape Canaveral after an orbital mission Dec. 21, is a potent illustration of the creativity and perseverance of commercial enterprise. Profit is a powerful motivating force for progress. That historic accomplishment quickly followed Blue Origin’s successful vertical landing of its New Shepard suborbital booster on its second test ...

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