falcon 9 SES-9
A SpaceNews artist's concept depicting an Iridium Next mobile communications satellite observing a missile defense intercept.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center May 1, carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Credit: SpaceX
Stage after landing
SpaceX_Launch Complex 13_landing pad
SpaceX is planning a main landing pad as well as four contingency landing pads at Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, according to a June 2014 environmental impact statement. Credit: Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration, Inc.
Illustration of The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft, designed to test solar sail technology. Credit: The Planetary Society
Falcon 9 landing exposion
However, in a question-and-answer session Jan. 5 on the website Reddit.com, Musk backed away from his 50-percent prediction. “I pretty much made that up,” he said. “I have no idea.” Credit: MIT Aero Astro Symposium

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