While few in the space business dispute that reusability is the key to dramatic reductions in the cost of space transport, there is less agreement on the best way to achieve this goal. Since the retirement of the winged space shuttle, the first technically reusable—but massively expensive—launch vehicle, the industry has redoubled efforts to achieve some form of reuse. With multistage and air-launched concepts still in initial development, SpaceX has done more than anyone else ...

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