SpaceX founder Elon Musk has cleared a serious hurdle on his way to Mars with the successful launch and landing of a Falcon 9 loaded with the first 10 next-generation Iridium communications satellites, returning the company’s workhorse vehicle to flight after an on-pad explosion Sept. 1, 2016. NASA still must certify the vehicle is safe enough to fly humans to the International Space Station (ISS), but the FAA has modified the company’s license to launch six more Iridium NEXT ...


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