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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

Alan Brown Silver badge

"I would have thought they'd try a test launch without a payload just to prove the engineering"

NOBODY does a test launch to orbit without a payload. You might give a free relaunch if it fails but the costs are too high to wear otherwise,

Besides. You need the mass up top to prove the system.

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