The inaugural launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral was a wake-up call. To accommodate its launch in February 2018, the FAA cleared a large swath of airspace from the Cape out into the Atlantic Ocean. The hours-long event caused 563 flight delays and required aircraft circumventing that airspace to traverse nearly 35,000 additional nautical miles. Yet the opportunity presented by these space ventures, whether commercial or scientific, is significant to the nation ...


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