SpaceX are launching SES-9 next week , and this launch has the potential to tell us a great deal about the capabilities of the new Falcon 9 Full Thrust. Two weeks ago, SpaceX agreed to loft the satellite into a higher orbit than previously planned , at the cost of a lower probability of first […]Read more "What can we learn from SES-9?"
In an interview in MIT in October 2014 , Musk said: “I don’t expect SpaceX’s Falcon line to have a reusable upper stage. With a kerosene based system, the specific impulse isn’t really high enough to do that, and a lot of the missions we do for commercial satellite deployment are geostationary missions. So we’re really going very […]Read more "Explaining the Infeasability of Second Stage Reuse"