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Is Elon Musk trying to do too much too fast?

Is Elon Musk trying to do too much too fast?

If you deal in cars and rockets, you’re going to have crashes and blasts.

But how many crashes and blasts before your business takes a fatal hit?

That’s one of many questions facing Elon Musk, now engaged in one of the most fascinating stories in the history of business, a story playing out in real time.

The spectacular explosion Thursday of a Falcon 9 rocket manufactured by SpaceX, a Musk company, inflames concerns about his management style -- that he’s trying to do too much too fast.

“This raises serious questions about the reliability of the SpaceX launch vehicle,” said Loren Thompson, a defense analyst at the Lexington...

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