Failure, success, next frontier: Check out SpaceX’s history and future as it preps to launch astronauts to space

Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company SpaceX has a storied history of successes and failures, but its risks are what’s changing the industry. 

Elon Musk, the billionaire behind the idea of landing boosters upright after completing a mission to cut costs, aims for humans to colonize Mars. That goal is what is pushing him and his firm to come up with faster ways to refurbish rockets, build on its size and speed and commercialize it enough to where getting on a powerful spacecraft is the same as catching a flight to another state or country.