Elon Musk Wants SpaceX To Try A Giant Party Balloon For Rocket Landing

Posted: Apr 17 2018, 11:48am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Elon Musk Wants SpaceX to Try a Giant Party Balloon for Rocket Landing
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Musk makes an Outrageous claim that his Space Agency will Land a Rocket using a Party Balloon

It sounded so strange and absurd that many did not believe it at first glance. Yet the tweet from Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, said it all. According to Musk, he would employ a giant party balloon to land a rocket back on earth.

The head of the space agency has himself said that it is a very offbeat idea. A giant party balloon will come in handy in the soft landing of a rocket from its journey in outer space.

It will be the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX has plans to keep all its rocket stages intact this way. It is an odd scheme that just might work despite its weird nature.

Usually, the launched rockets land on a ship or on a landing pad. Up until now, SpaceX has landed nine Falcon 9 rockets on earth. This has occurred for a frequency amounting to 23 times.

Also eleven times, these rockets have been reused. Most of the time, the rockets utilize various methods of making a landing that does not destroy them in the process.

These include the use of fins, engine burns, and landing legs. Yet they cannot equal a landing using a giant party balloon, according to Musk.

NASA payloads have also been delivered to the ISS time after time. SpaceX is there to collect the payloads via its Falcon 9 rockets. Musk is keeping things under wraps for now.

He is not saying when the whole thing will get off the ground. Yet he said this much that his company doesn’t believe in leaving space junk left over from the rocket launches in the oceans after a landing.

The giant party balloon technique has been used before although on a partial basis. Elon Musk though wants to put it to use in earnest as an ideal method of landing his company’s Falcon 9 rockets.

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