Now things are looking up. SpaceX got a lift from a number of plum contracts including a partnership with NASA. And a SpaceX unmanned rocket–dubbed Dragon–became the first private unmanned vehicle to dock with the International Space Station.

Given SpaceX’s recent success and the solid showing of  Tesla, which Musk took public four years ago, perhaps it’s not too wild to speculate that another SpaceX launch, as a public company, could be in the cards.



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