Tom Mueller, the technical wizard behind SpaceX, made a rare—if virtual—public appearance at the New York University (NYU) Astronomy Club in May, Skyping in from Hawthorne, California, with a surprisingly detailed look at what his company is doing, how it is doing it and why. The why is very interesting, for reasons that transcend launch services. “I think the transport problem has to get solved, and then the killer apps in space are going to appear,” Mueller says in ...

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