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On fourth try, Hawthorne-based SpaceX lands rocket successfully after launch

Six months after one of its rockets exploded two minutes into flight, Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a rocket from Cape Canaveral on Monday night and delivered 11 satellites into a low orbit — then made history by successfully landing the booster rocket back on Earth.

SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in 1st test of crew escape

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. >> SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone in SpaceX’s effort to get America back to the business of launching astronauts from U.S. soil.

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