- Apr 12, 2005
- San Francisco area, CA, USA
- 2015 Mazda 3 S GT, 2015 VW e-Golf
Isn't the concept about the cost savings due to the reuse-ability? Carrying extra fuel would reduce overall payload, but if being able to reuse the boosters saves enough money, it could still work out cheaper in the end to do 5 launches of 12 elephants (falcon heavy payload to LEO) rather than 2 launches of 24 elephants using "disposable" boosters.prizrak;n3545622 said:Boosters landing is geek boner inducing but that means that they have a lower cargo capacity due to having to accelerate all that fuel that is not being used for boosters. There is a reason why neither NASA nor the Russians land boosters that way and it has nothing to do with technology considering fully automated landers have existed since at least early 90s.