Elon Musk and SpaceX had one hell of a weekend. While much of the country celebrated the summer weekend at the beach or enjoying time with friends, SpaceX was hard at work launching two rockets for customers, one from the East Coast and one from the West Coast. One of those rockets had previously been flown.
And despite dangerous returns due to high-energy missions and inclement weather, the company recovered both of the first stage boosters.
SpaceX garners a lot of acclaim for its achievements, and has legions of admirers within the aerospace community and the public at large.
But it also has critics, primarily competitors who look at SpaceX and see a company that gets a lot of hype, but doesn’t always deliver. What is perhaps most striking about this weekend’s back-to-back launches is that the company’s successes drove a stake into some of the most credible criticisms that have been levied against SpaceX in recent years.
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