Elon Musk and SpaceX Have Done It Again

On Dec. 17, 2012, space-tech start-up SpaceX conducted a 29-second test flight in McGregor, Texas, sending its new Grasshopper experimental launch vehicle 131 feet into the air -- then landing it right back on the ground, safely.

From all appearances, folks, Elon Musk, the man who brought you Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) and SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY  ) has done it again, and is on his way to developing a reusable rocket ship.

So does it look like all systems are "go" for a third Musk-sponsored IPO? And what does this mean for SpaceX's rivals? Listen in, as Fool contributor Rich Smith explains the implications...

Near-faultless execution has led Elon Musk's first IPO, Tesla Motors, to the brink of success, but the road ahead remains a hard one. Despite progress, a looming question remains: Will Tesla be able to fend off its big-name competitors? The Motley Fool answers this question and more in our most in-depth Tesla research available for smart investors like you. Thousands have already claimed their own premium ticker coverage, and you can gain instant access to your own by clicking here now.


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