SpaceX's Reusable Rocket Takes Off


New member
Jan 14, 2010
Avaholic03 said:
An interesting proof-of-concept for the vertical landing technology, but still a horribly impractical vehicle for space flight unless we develop a much more efficient propulsion system.

The current Falcon 9 [] has a medium payload capability even with 9 of those Merlin engines (compared to just one in the video), and a much larger fuel and oxidizer tank than the rocket in that demonstration.

The only way that vehicle would ever reach orbit even without a payload would be to boost it to the upper atmosphere with either a 1st stage rocket, or some kind of massive rail-gun technology, or something like that. Perhaps SpaceX is developing that other technology concurrently, but until they demonstrate it reliably I'm still going to be skeptical.
Look up the falcon heavy.


Stuck in a vortex of sexy horses
Jun 27, 2011
I guess it will still use a parachute to decend to the surface, before firing up its thrusters just before landing. Anything else would be silly and inefficient.