SpaceX plans to launch a satellite Tuesday, and its customer is getting the flight for free

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    Israeli communications manufacturer Spacecom’s latest satellite will take the ride into orbit for free Tuesday night if it launches on time on a SpaceX rocket as planned.

    The rare free of charge trip is perhaps the bookend to a chapter that opened in 2016, when an issue with a Falcon 9 rocket caused an explosion during a static fire test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That payload, Spacecom’s $200 million Amos-6 satellite, was lost.