SpaceX Testing Falcon 9 Grid Fins for Control During Atmospheric Re-Entry

November 25, 2014

11:23 am

A rocket needs to be reusable. That is the driving premise behind making space travel, and subsequent Mars colonization, accessible and affordable. As reported during MIT AeroAstro’s Centennial Symposium, Elon Musk and SpaceX are working feverishly to achieve both.

This week, updates of progress on this endeavor were sent through Twitter by Elon Musk himself. By repurposing thrusters from deep sea oil rigs and fitting the craft with grid fins that stow on ascent and deploy on reentry, the ship can accommodate controlled landing, refuel, and reuse.

Grid fins SpaceX

 

Musk noted in these updates that these grid fins are similar to the ones used on this test flight back in June:

 

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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.

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