Musk says that SpaceX will use a giant party balloon to bring an upper stage back

On Sunday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned his Twitter followers that he had an idea that was “gonna sound crazy:” his company might use a “giant party balloon” to recover the upper stage of its Falcon 9 rocket from orbit. How could a party balloon help SpaceX bring back a rocket that’s traveling thousands of miles per hour through space? Well, Musk has made bizarre SpaceX decrees before, which have later become reality: The company did launch his Tesla into deep space, after all. this balloon concept does have a history And this balloon concept does have a history: for decades, NASA and other researchers have studied how to use inflatable structures to slow down spacecraft leaving orbit. Balloons are a lightweight tool that can change the... Continue reading…

Musk says that SpaceX will use a giant party balloon to bring an upper stage back

When Elon Musk of SpaceX tweets something interesting, it generates a wave of excitement. So when he tweeted recently that SpaceX might be working on a way to retrieve upper stages of their ...

Thu 19 Apr 18 from Phys.org

Elon Musk wants to recover a rocket part with a giant party balloon

In a series of tweets, the SpaceX boss described how the firm might use the novel technique to recover the upper stage -- a crucial component of the rocket that carries a payload into orbit. ...

Tue 17 Apr 18 from Daily Mail

Elon Musk's new SpaceX rocket plan uses a 'party balloon' - CNET

Elon Musk floats the bold idea of using a giant party balloon and a bouncy house to recapture the upper stage of a SpaceX rocket.

Mon 16 Apr 18 from CNET

SpaceX seeks to recover upper stage of rockets using "giant party balloon"

SpaceX's primary reason for existence is lowering the cost of launching satellites and supplies beyond Earth's atmosphere. For every part of a rocket that can be recovered and refurbished for ...

Mon 16 Apr 18 from Techspot

Elon Musk’s latest SpaceX idea involves a party balloon and bounce house

Elon Musk took to Twitter Sunday night to announce a new recovery method for an upper stage SpaceX rocket. A balloon — a “giant party balloon” to quote him directly — ...

Mon 16 Apr 18 from TechCrunch

SpaceX will try 'giant party balloon' to recover upper rocket stages

SpaceX ultimately wants to recover every stage of a rocket, not just the first, and it may resort to some unusual tactics to make that happen. Elon Musk has claimed that his company ...

Sun 15 Apr 18 from Engadget

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