nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1561 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2671 times:
Landing the first stage at the launch site didn't make a lot of sense. It would be going 7 or 8,000mph in the wrong direction hundreds of miles away. Maybe on a barge if it's that accurate. The second stage could land back at the launch site after going once or twice around the planet.
Customers would probably pay a hefty premium if they needed full payload capability and had to give up recovery hardware and fuel, but the price should still be lower than the competition.
Elon gets a little carried away with potential cost savings. I think he's finding out that equipment manufacturing costs are a lot smaller percentage of total launch costs than he originally anticipated. If the rockets were free, they'd still cost a lot to launch.
kalvado From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 471 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
Angara - forever delayed Russian next-gen rocket - has reusable first stage as an option for future development. However plan is to use winged first stage sections with a turbofan engine to land on a regular runway.
I don't see rocket thrust of main engine as a good landing option - but maybe they know what they are doing. Or maybe they don't - reusable second stage sounds a bit too crazy for me, so maybe it's all just a big joke.