Thursday, December 3, 2015

Space X and Rocket Landings

After failing to land a rocket on a barge, Space X is apparently now considering trying first stage landing on a land-based site at Cape Canaveral.

Might be easier in that it doesn't, you know, move. Still, landing rocket stages is proving to be a very tricky engineering problem - well worth the attempt, but far from easy.

The next Falcon launch may be as soon as December 15 - a return to flight after a catastrophic failure apparently caused by a defective strut getting through their contractor's Q/A. Oops.