Garcetti Announces SpaceX Will Build Big Falcon Rocket at Port of LA

Terry Joseph
April 18, 2018

"If this year has taught us anything, it is to think big - to go after something unreachable".

However, CEO of SpaceX and chief designer of the company admits that even for him this is a pretty wild idea.

The SpaceX founder dropped a thread onto Twitter Sunday night that started with the simultaneously exciting and portentous phrase "This is gonna sound insane, but..."

Musk is presumably talking about the upper stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket that serves as the workhorse booster for SpaceX launches.

Usually, the launched rockets land on a ship or on a landing pad.

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The TESS mission has opportunities to launch through April 26 (except April 22) before NASA's Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy Space Center, would shift its focus to a planned May 5 launch of the InSight Mars lander from California on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. You can watch that launch live on at 6:30 p.m. EDT (2230 GMT) today. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and COO, said in a statement.

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", Musk wrote. They are intentionally disposed of in the Pacific Ocean so they don't become space junk.

"We're going to try a few approaches", Musk said. "Need to retarget closer to shore & position catcher ship like Mr. Steven". SpaceX is there to collect the payloads via its Falcon 9 rockets.

Musk has referred to the boat as a giant "catcher's mitt". In March 2017, SpaceX successfully relaunched a used rocket into space and then landed the expensive equipment back on Earth.

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