Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Elon Musk on SpaceX’s Reusable Rocket Plans

Elon Musk, founder of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), has always said that he wants his rockets and spacecraft to be fully reusable. That’s why it stoked our interest to see Musk tweet this recently: “Design completed for bringing rocket back to launchpad using only thrusters. Yay. Wings r just dead weight in space.”

In a press release a few months ago, SpaceX had shown an animated simulation of a Falcon 9 that returned both its first and second stages all the way to land vertically at a recovery site. Recently we spoke to Musk so he could elaborate on the design in more than 140 characters.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.popularmechanics.com

This Popular Mechanics article, first published on February 7, 2012,  lays out in greater technical and economic detail Space Exploration Technology’s grand design for rocket re-usability.

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