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

SpaceX seeks to recover upper stage of rockets using

And it appears Musk is thinking about using a "giant party balloon" to take the upper stage of his rocket (which is created to operate at high altitude and carry the payload) out of orbital velocity and slow down its landing back on Earth - onto a bouncy castle.

Launching anything into space is a very expensive business. It demands some of the brightest minds in the field and some hefty funding.

This morning, SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's most powerful telescope (for science - but also to find aliens). The upper stage is now the only major component of the rocket that the Hawthorne, California-based aerospace company has not tried to reuse in its pursuit of a fully reusable launch vehicle. But SpaceX is determined to try to preserve the second stage of the rocket using a large bowl for parties.

In addition, SpaceX is now trying to recover its payload fairing that is the big nose cone on the Falcon 9. However, there's now a new idea on the table, which Elon Musk shared with the world via Twitter.

The idea certainly does sound insane enough for SpaceX to actually try, but it may not be quite as absurd as it initially sounds.

A balloon would aid in slowing down the upper stage from orbital velocity as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere, by reducing the second stage's ballistic coefficient. As PCMag reported, the task requires landing engines, heat shield, and other equipment, which, in theory, might increase the mass of the stage and spoil the whole recovery attempt.

Next, in order to finish the job, SpaceX will use retrograde burns to pick a spot in the ocean where it would stage the drop. "Need to retarget closer to shore & position catcher ship like Mr Steven".

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