After eight years and 53 flights, SpaceX is preparing to debut what it expects to be the final configuration of its Falcon 9 rocket, a booster designed not only to increase the flight rate but launch astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA and deliver GPS and other payloads into orbit under competitively awarded U.S. Air Force contracts. With the integration of Falcon 9 Block 5 into the fleet, SpaceX aspires to operate a more airline-type space transportation service, with ...


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