Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is modifying its manufacturing flow at Hawthorne, Calif., as part of plans to boost production of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rocket cores to 40 per year. The re-modeling is required to ramp up the rate to meet the existing and expected launch demand, says SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell. “Next year we need to build one core per month, and then ramp up 50% year-over-year to be where we want to be.” The space-launch company currently holds 43 ...


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