Bisu: Is this supposed to serve as the first stage, then rocket itself all the way back to land vertically? Or will it parachute 95% of the way down then use the rocket for a soft, vertical landing? Is there an article that explains the future plans for this?
lokisbong: Sweet! thanks for the link. I learned a bit more than I planned on today. and that's almost always a good thing.
namatad: lokisbong: Probably but I don't know for sure. I have not done the research or the math. Either way I like Mr Musks style.Linkclaims that it was about half the cost/kg of the shuttlea little more than the proton-Mmuch less than the other current launch systemsand predicting that future systems will continue to come down lower in pricestrange market thingy could continue to happenany competition could further lower costs and a private company has incentives to continuously improve launch systems to lower costs and improve profits.only took us 50 years to get here but it looks like commercial space flight is taking offsightoo lazy to rewrite that
maltedmothball: Quantum Apostrophe: We've already tried reusable rockets. Didn't work. We are here. We will always be here. No amount of sci-fi go-go cheerleading will change that.cynical, but succinct. I can respect that.
StopLurkListen: rwfan: StopLurkListen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Solid_Rocket_Booster#Overv i ew"The two reusable SRBs provided the main thrust to lift the shuttle off the launch pad and up to an altitude of about 150,000 ft (28 mi; 46 km) ... Seventy-five seconds after SRB separation, SRB apogee occurred at an altitude of approximately 220,000 ft (42 mi; 67 km); parachutes are then deployed and impact occurred in the ocean approximately 122 nautical miles (226 km) downrange, after which the two SRBs are recovered."you're not familiar with the difference between a solid [fueled] rocket and a liquid fueled rocket, are you?Yes. Something was being reused on the SRB though, it wasn't entirely a single-serving entity.
natazha: When NASA took over the DC-X project, their main goal was to modify it until it failed. In it's last test, it lifted, had an explosion due to human error. Then it moved horizontally, landed and fell over. NASA's take was: "See it doesn't work!"Musk will make this work.
Quantum Apostrophe: We've already tried reusable rockets. Didn't work. We are here. We will always be here. No amount of sci-fi go-go cheerleading will change that.
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