Elon Musk’s companies have won accolades for developing self-driving electric cars and rockets that fly themselves back to a landing pad. Last month, Musk’s SpaceX achieved another, if understated, milestone: launching a booster outfitted with an autonomous control system to monitor its ascent and trigger safety destruct ordnance if it strays off course. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, NASA and the FAA, the Autonomous Flight Safety System (AFSS) was a long time ...

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