November 25, 2014
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.
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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