Multi-stage rockets spend their fuel and dump their lower sections as garbage

March 1, 2018 – 12:14 pm

Boeing & SpaceX win the business of spaceThat's too wasteful for Elon Musk and his SpaceX company.

During the next SpaceX takeoff, planned for either Jan. 6 or 7, SpaceX will try to keep the base rocket section in good shape by landing it - standing straight up - on a barge floating in the ocean.

How challenging is that? Consider three things.

One, that rocket section, called Falcon 9, is 14 stories tall and will be climbing at nearly 1 mile per second. Trying to stabilize that rocket to guide it back down is "like trying to balance a rubber broomstick on your hand in the middle of a wind storm, " SpaceX says.


Source: money.cnn.com

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