Elon Musk SpaceX Starship Rocket Launch and Catch Tower
Early last year, Elon Musk said that SpaceX planned to use a launch and catch tower for its Super Heavy rocket using a special arm, using the grid fins to take the load. This makes it a more cost-effective measure as it would save on mass and the cost of installing legs on the Starship booster. Today, he provided a first look at the actual tower and its clamp-style arms that will catch the first stage booster. Read more for the video and a bonus.

Not only would SpaceX save money by not building landing legs for the rocket, it would also reduce the booster’s weight, which in turn mean less fuel as well as larger payloads. If catcht successfully, the booster could be ready for another flight in under and an hour. Elon Musk is currently awaiting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to perform the first test flight of Super Heavy and Starship from its Boca Chica, Texas base.

LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery 10283 Build and Display Model for Adults, New 2021 (2,354 Pieces)
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LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery 10283 Build and Display Model for Adults, New 2021 (2,354 Pieces)
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