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Aug 28, 2017, 11:06 PM
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On replacing landing legs with launch mounts

It was almost good enough to land back on the launch mount. Suspect landing it back on some kind of mount other than the launch mount & stripping the landing gear is coming. It would only need some beefier metal bumpers. It may be the missing link to recovering the 2nd stage. The key to landing on Mars may be sending a launch mount 1st, then landing the rocket on it. It would allow a smaller rocket to send the same payload if every rocket used the same landing/launch mount at the destination.

There's serious math behind those landings. Lars Blackmore had to spend 8 years at Cambridge & MIT, another 4 years at NASA before they would hire him to design that algorithm. This evolution was basically driven by the education system. Hard to imagine working on algorithms for all those years with almost no chance of being used in a mission, again being tasked with grasshopper software with almost no chance of succeeding, then suddenly having these 16 years of unseen work become headline news around the world.
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Aug 29, 2017, 01:13 PM
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Interesting. One never thought it is possible to land back the rocket. Now I think it is impossible to land it on the launch pad. But for shure it must be doable!
Aug 29, 2017, 02:24 PM
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Are you saying that rocket landed on that 'tugged launch pad?!

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