Though 2014 was a strong year for launch upstart Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), the company has missed several key goals including gaining certification for U.S. government launches and demonstrating reusability of Falcon 9’s first stage. Certification from the U.S. Air Force for the Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to obtain access to a market dominated by the monopoly United Launch Alliance was hoped for by the end of 2014. It is now slated for mid-year. Certification is required for ...

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