Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

TESS prepared for launch in Florida

TESS prepared for launch in Florida

Using a balloon to float the rocket down could mean that the rocket stage wouldn't need to save fuel required for a powered landing.

According to Elon Musk, the head of SpaceX, giant party balloon can help their rockets with a landing.

NOAA learned that SpaceX conducts live broadcasts of their launches only after 6 February, when the company launched into space super-heavy carrier rocket Falcon Heavy with the electric vehicle Tesla on Board.

Musk says that a giant balloon is "great for creating a giant object that retains its shape across all Mach regimes & drops ballistic coefficient by 2 orders of magnitude". Inside Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility, the TESS spacecraft was sealed within the Falcon 9 payload fairing in preparation for its move to the launch pad.

Today, SpaceX regularly brings its rockets safely back to Earth, landing on either the ground or in the ocean, on its drone ships.

NASA payloads have also been delivered to the ISS time after time.

There's also a ballute, a parachute-like technology that would ostensibly slow the rocket down.

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The funding comes about five months after Musk said the Boring Company would compete to fund, build and operate a "loop" to connect downtown Chicago with O'Hare Airport.

SpaceX is in full-throttle development mode for the BFR, with all engineering resources focused on the deep-space rocket, and no major design updates are planned for the Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy. "Can [definitely] be done, just about minimizing mass".

'We already do targeted retro burn to a specific point in Pacific [with] no islands or ships, so [the] upper stage doesn't become a dead satellite, ' Musk wrote in a tweet. A previously published document indicated the rocket's size makes typical land-based transportation impossible. Cargo during the launch of the Falcon Heavy was personal electric auto Elon musk Tesla Roadster, where the replay was played the song by David Bowie.

SpaceX is now testing a system to recover the fairings of its Falcon 9 rockets.

Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents the Harbor Area, called Musk "the modern day Nikola Tesla, Henry Ford and Leonardo DaVinci all in one".

The funds came mostly from Musk's own wallet, with the remainder coming from early employees, the company confirmed to PitchBook.

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