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Spacex plan to recover and refly a first rocket stage in 2015

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2014 12:29 AM by AlexMuller

According to Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of mission assurance, the next launch scheduled for May will also try for a water recovery. The next step, if crews are unable to recover the rocket from Friday's launch, is to return a first stage to a touchdown on land and see what might be necessary to prepare it for another flight.

Musk hopes SpaceX can recover a Falcon 9 booster this year and fly a used first stage for the first time in 2015. SpaceX plans to clad the rocket's single-engine upper stage with a heat shield with an eye toward reusing it as well. The company has not disclosed a timetable for a potential recovery of the second stage.
"We don't have to just recover it," Musk said. "We have to show that it can be reflown quickly and easily, where the only thing you [have to do] is reload propellant."

The unfortunate thing with the space shuttle was originally the design of the shuttle was, I think, fairly well-suited for good reuse, but then the requirements changed and that made it very difficult to reuse efficiently," Musk said. "As long as we're able to hold to our requirements, I think we'll be able to achieve rapid and essentially complete reuse."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-21
Very complex task but also very important. The ability to reuse parts of the rocket will make big reduction in cost and facilitate future space explorations
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-21
Yes. For now this is all experimental and the chance of getting it right immediately is not very high. 2015 looks as a reasonable target to archive reuse is stage 1 of the rocket Reply


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