According to their first GEO customer - Luxembourg satellite fleet operator SES - SpaceX is indeed working on an upgrade to the Merlin 1D that will fly this year. It's aimed at...
We were told the aircraft was not delivered to spec and that the issues ranged from minor (the paint job) to major (FMS).
Thank you for keeping an open mind!
You're right. "Botched" is not accurate. The phrase I was looking for was "failed launch attempt." Sorry.
Keith: I know the plan is for the orbiter to go as low as 8 km from the nucleus, although that might not involve an orbit over the area where the lander is. Here is what ESA had to say about it:...