The engineers at SpaceX are relearning the lesson that “space is hard” as they struggle to recover from the mysterious propellant explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 launcher and its Israeli payload Sept. 1. The company has lost business, slipped satellite launches and faces an imposing set of certification milestones before it can fly humans on the nine-engine rocket for NASA, an important element of its business plan. It has again delayed the two demonstration flights required ...


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