16 April 2018
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.
This is gonna sound crazy, but …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 15, 2018
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.”