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The 2008 moment when triumph turned to torment for SpaceX – Ars Technica

Flight Three of the Falcon 1 rocket could make or break the company.



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Enlarge/ The launch of Flight Three of the Falcon 1 rocket looked promising at the beginning.
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This is an excerpt from chapter eight of the book LIFTOFF: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX by our own Eric Berger. The book will be published on March 2, 2021. In this excerpt, it is the summer of 2008, and SpaceX has attempted to launch the Falcon 1 rocket twice already, failing both times. As the company’s engineers prepare for a third launch…

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