SpaceX Scores With California Launch, Heads Toward Reusable Rockets

Liftoff of the upgraded Falcon 9 on Sept. 29 Courtesy SpaceX

It takes about four hours to drive south from Silicon Valley to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Along the way, you pass dozens of California’s epic farms, Hearst Castle, and several picturesque coastal towns surrounded by forests of eucalyptus trees (why these got imported without the complementary koalas will forever baffle me). Finding the actual base is easy enough: Peel off Highway 101 for a few miles until you dead-end at the absurdly large complex. Kind, armed gentlemen will greet you.

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