Elon Musk Plans Falcon 9 Upper Stage Recovery With 'Giant Party Balloon'

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NASA's new planet-hunting satellite will "discover new potential planets orbiting bright host stars relatively close to Earth", said the company, which is controlled by billionaire U.S. tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Launching rockets into space isn't an easy endeavor.

Musk said the first, unmanned BFR mission to Mars could take place as early as 2022.

Elon Musk is known to boldly do things no man has ever done before and this time, he has turned his attention to SpaceX's rocket stages. Pictured: Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX CRS-14 Mission.

"This is gonna sound insane, but..." As for Musk's comments about landing rocket parts on a bouncy house, it's possible that he is just making a joke, but a floating barge with soft surface is not out of the realm of possibility.

A giant balloon is "great for creating a giant object that retains its shape across all Mach regimes & drops ballistic coefficient by 2 orders of magnitude", Musk wrote.

SpaceX has gained popularity thanks to its technology returning upper stages for unmanned platforms in the ocean and their re-use. "We already do targeted retro burn to a specific point in Pacific w no islands or ships, so upper stage doesn't become a dead satellite", Musk said while replying on his original Tweet.

Until further testing is conducted, we won't know for sure what SpaceX is exactly planning, but it is certain that there will be some interesting recovery efforts being made. For now, other details on the move remain unclear, including when it might be executed.

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