Wednesday, February 8, 2012
SpaceX Pursues the Reusable Rocket
Last September, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled plans to develop a reusable rocket.
The Popular Mechanics web site has published an interview with Musk that updates their progress.
Last fall, the company announced an experimental test vehicle called Grasshopper to prove and refine the reusability concept. "There is no question in my mind that it will work," Musk says with trademark confidence. "It’s just a question of how quickly the testing progresses. We expect to do several vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing (VTVL) flights this year and hopefully go supersonic in the fourth quarter."