SpaceX Plans Upper Stage Recovery Attempt Next Year | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 06.18.18

Airborne-UnManned 06.19.18

Airborne 06.20.18

AMA Drone Report 06.14.18

Airborne 06.15.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 06.18.18

Airborne-UnManned 06.19.18

Airborne 06.20.18

AMA Drone Report 06.14.18

Airborne 06.15.18

Wed, Oct 04, 2017

SpaceX Plans Upper Stage Recovery Attempt Next Year

Company Is Also Looking At Nuclear Propulsion System

SpaceX is planning to attempt to recover an upper stage in a launch attempt late in 2018, according to company president Gwynne Shotwell.

Speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shotwell said that initially, the company would try to bring the second stage in for a soft landing in the ocean before attempting to land on its recovery barge. If they can make the second stage reusable, Shotwell said that the company can reduce the cost of launching payloads into orbit by an additional 30 percent. Second stage recovery is considered crucial to achieving Elon Musk's goal of reducing launch costs by a factor of up to 100, she said.

The space blog johnnybtech.com reports that Shotwell said that even if the recovery effort is successful, the upper stage would not be flown a second time.

Shotwell also said that the company is attempting to obtain nuclear materials for research into nuclear propulsion systems for spacecraft, which have the potential to greatly decrease the time needed to travel between planets in the solar system. That would equate to fewer consumables being required for any astronauts that would be on board, and an increase in the amount of supplies that could be carried on such a ship.

Shotwell also talked about the company's desire to establish an extensive constellation of satellites for high-speed internet delivery around Earth. The ultimate goal of that project is to “make scads of cash, spend it going to Mars, [and] give Mars broadband too!”

(Image from file)

FMI: Original Report

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 06.15.18: 100LL Replacement Held, B-1 Stand-Down, Missing USAF Officer

Also: Sichuan Airlines Pilot Feted, Emirates Parks 20 Birds, Air Paris Academy Orders Tecnams, Two A380s Scrapped The FAA continues to be committed to evaluating suitable replaceme>[...]

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2018 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few... E-I-C Note: There's very little we can say yet, but there is a reason why this may be THE year to throw in with ANN to cover the extr>[...]

It's On--Again! EAA/ANN Announce 2018 AirVenture Innovation Preview!

Stunningly Successful Innovation Program Draws Hundreds of Thousands of Eyeballs to ‘All Things AirVenture’ E-I-C Note: We're tremendously excited to work with EAA agai>[...]

Aero-News AirVenture Update: This Is So Cool! #OSH18COOL

We Need YOUR Help To Find AND Celebrate The Coolest Stuff At EAA AirVenture 2018, #OSH18COOL Stuff that’s new is cool… we get it… that’s why we’re b>[...]

AMA Drone Report 06.14.18: AMA Expo W Drone Races, Ag v Drones, Kitty Hawk Flyer

Also: Drone Rotor Safety System, Birds Inspire Drone Design, UAVs Stop Crime, Fat Shark 101 As previously noted, the upcoming AMA Expo West Tradeshow not only starts early, but in >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC