Elon Musk’s SpaceX is betting big on its rocket launch this week

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX is about to face one of its biggest tests yet. 

On Thursday, for the first time, the private spaceflight company will attempt to reuse a previously flown rocket booster to deliver a satellite to orbit. 

This attempt at reusability will mark a key moment for SpaceX in that basically all of its plans for the future — including human trips to Mars and maybe beyond — rely on fast, efficient and affordable launch capabilities. 

SpaceX, along with other private spaceflight companies, is trying to drastically lower the cost of access to space in order to open up a new range of possible missions. The launch on Thursday will be the biggest test of this business plan to date. Read more…

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