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Elon Musk may use giant party balloons in rocket launches

16 April 2018 3

SpaceX which ultimately wants to recover every stage of a rocket has planned some unusual tactics in order to get more control over recovering rockets. ​Elon Musk stated that his company will try to take rocket upper stages out of orbital velocity by using a "giant party balloon". He hasn't revealed any details about the new recovery method.

Mr Musk wrote in a series of tweets: “This is going to sound crazy but... SpaceX will try to bring rocket upper stage back from orbital velocity using a giant party balloon. And then land on a bouncy house.”

Such a method could help SpaceX recover its rocket, which could cut down costs for the company. SpaceX has spent $62 million to launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a first stage landing factored in this year. If the company is able to slow down and recover the upper stage with a relatively low-cost method like a balloon, SpaceX may be able to reduce its own expenses, as well as make the launches more attractive to customers.

In response to Mr Musk's announcement, one person wrote: “I have no idea what this means but I’m excited about it anyway. Sign me up for whatever this is.”

Another person said: “I have absolutely zero clue what you’re talking about and yet have all the faith in the world that this is going to happen.”



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