[ExI] Rocket lander control systems

Dave Sill sparge at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 19:36:15 UTC 2021

On Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 1:23 PM BillK via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Something to get Spike even more excited!   :)
> Elon Musk is thinking about an alternative landing system. The problem
> is that the lander legs have to be strong enough to support the weight
> of the lander section. And strength means extra weight. For the new
> Heavy Booster the weight is getting a bit excessive. So he is going to
> try and catch the lander (while it hovers) with the launch tower arm
> to support the weight.  Needless to say, that's a bit tricky!

Seems like landing in some kind of cradle would be a lot easier.

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