|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 3):|
2nd stage is the difficult bit.
|Quoting GST (Reply 4):|
Much better IMO to land somewhere like the Azores (or possibly even further afield) and ship the rocket back home from there, which would still offer a saving over building a new one.
|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 5):|
Quite a bit of fuel would be needed to get as far down range as the Azores. Seems to me the thing to do would be to land on a large barge, maybe an old oil tanker, or a spit of land somewhere.
|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 5):|
The other problem with going back to the launch site is range safety. Titusville is just on the other side of the river from the launch site... would be bad to drop a first stage on the neighbors.
|Quoting GST (Reply 6):|
True, but is it any worse than a first stage going boom shortly after liftoff and raining rocket fuel on the vicinity? I'd love to see the relative risk assessments of those!
|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 17):|
This Falcon 9 is the new version with 8 engines arranged in a circle and the 9th engine in the center.
|Quoting maxter (Reply 28):|
Probably not known, but where is the best guess that grasshopper testing will go to from 744m? How soon do you believe the landing struts will be fitted to F9 even if not used for an actual recovered landing/return.
|Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 30):|
"So what we're moving to now is what we call the Falcon Niner — Falcon 9R reusable — and that is a full Falcon 9 first stage, 9 engines and retractable landing gear. So that is the vehicle that we will be bringing to New Mexico".
|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 35):|
CRS-3 will have legs and attempt soft splashdown of the first stage.
|Quoting GDB (Reply 40):|
Another step in what could be one of the most significant advances in access to space ever.
|Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 43):|
The FH will actually be more of a problem. The center core will be a lot faster and farther downrange than an F9 first stage when it's separates, so it will take a lot more to get it back home.
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