SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on their tenth resupply mission to the International Space Station. The first stage booster also made a dramatic landing, this time on solid ground as it punched right through a low cloud deck.
SpaceX was on track to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in late 2017 with its Dragon capsule, then a rocket mysteriously blew up on the launchpad. So the company is officially delaying manned flights until 2018.
Once NASA gets its super-expensive tech up into space, it’s not easy to repair it. Especially when it’s not something with a human operator nearby (i.e. a satellite). But now, the U.S. space agency is building its own robo geek squad.