Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday evening to announce a brand new restoration technique for an higher stage SpaceX rocket. A balloon — a “large social gathering balloon” to cite him instantly — will ferry a part of a rocket to a bounce home. Critically.
If anybody else proposed this concept they might be ignored, however Elon Musk currently has a approach of turning loopy concepts into actuality.
It was simply in 2012 that SpaceX launched and landed its first rocket and now the corporate is doing it with rockets considerably bigger. After which early this yr SpaceX made a shock announcement that it will try to make use of a high-speed boat and enormous web to catch a part of rocket. And it labored after a failed first try.
This isn’t the primary time a balloon has tried for use to return a rocket. Legendary programmer John Carmack’s rocket firm tried to make use of a ballute in 2012 to return a rocket physique and nostril cone. It didn’t work as deliberate and in line with officers on the time, the rocket made a “laborious touchdown” across the Spaceport America property in New Mexico.
Identical to SpaceX’s self-landing rockets and its large web boat, the aim is to cut back the price of launching rockets by reusing elements. It’s unclear when this newest plan will likely be applied however chances are high SpaceX will at the least try it within the coming future.