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SpaceX to slow upper rocket stages with "giant party balloon"

OK sure SpaceX to slow upper rocket stages with "giant party balloon"
Kristine Garrett | 17 April, 2018, 00:00

He started the series of tweets with the acknowledgment that "This is gonna sound insane", and then said, "SpaceX will try to bring rocket upper stage back from orbital velocity using a giant party balloon".

Launching rockets into space isn't an easy endeavor.

The company aims to recover every stage of its rockets instead of just the first stage boosters, as is now the case.

Now, if the company manages to take control of the upper stages with something as cost-effective as a balloon, it would be a major advantage in the business, especially with massive interplanetary missions lined up for the future, Engadget reported. But SpaceX is determined to try to preserve the second stage of the rocket using a large bowl for parties. Pictured: Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX CRS-14 Mission.

Musk did not reveal a timetable for the "giant party balloon" landing test or details on how it works, but he did say that a sturdy balloon has a good shape to withstand the stresses a rocket stage endures during its supersonic descent back to Earth.

The idea certainly does sound insane enough for SpaceX to actually try, but it may not be quite as absurd as it initially sounds.

SpaceX has gained popularity thanks to its technology returning upper stages for unmanned platforms in the ocean and their re-use.

Well, Musk has answers, but not answers we can understand. "Need to retarget closer to shore & position catcher ship like Mr Steven".

Until further testing is conducted, we won't know for sure what SpaceX is exactly planning, but it is certain that there will be some interesting recovery efforts being made. If his company can land two first stages of Falcon Heavy in flawless sync, this might also be accomplished, no matter how weird or insane it may sound.

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