Here’s How The Spacex Reusable Rocket Would Work, And It’s Pretty Awesome
This just may be the most awesome lift-off and landing you’ve seen yet.
The Hawthorne, Calif.-based, private spaceflight company SpaceX has released a new animation depicting exactly how it plans to reuse booster rockets during the launch of its Falcon Heavy spacecraft planned for later this year.
In the animation, the giant rocket is seen with three boosters that are capable of landing safely back on Earth after they detach from the spacecraft — a feat that’s never quite been done before. Check out the two-and-a-half-minute video above to see the simulation, which some YouTube viewers are calling “engineering porn.”
ABC News reported that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has long been a proponent of reusing rocket parts since it could make space travel cheaper.
Earlier this month, SpaceX tried to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 booster rocket on a floating platform, although the attempt ended in a fiery explosion.
As for the Falcon Heavy launch mission, SpaceX representatives wrote in the video’s YouTube description:
“When Falcon Heavy lifts off later this year, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. Thrust at liftoff is —> Read More Here