Reply to post: "if he's making my childhood dreams come true or just ruining them by making it look easy."

SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

John Smith 19 Gold badge
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"if he's making my childhood dreams come true or just ruining them by making it look easy."

This "easy" of which you speak has taken 15 years and the losses of 5 payloads to get to.

Sputnik 1 launched in 1956. It has taken 61 years to turn what was basically a design for non reusable WMD into a partly reusable design. Incidentally the fairing (which was recovered for the first time ever yesterday) costs about $6m a pop and weighs several tonnes as well. That's important if you want to lower launch costs radically IE 90%, not 30%.

I don't think a reusable TSTO was anybodies childhood dream.It was wings or the squat plug nozzle designs of Philip Bono from "Frontiers of Space."

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