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SpaceX to slow upper rocket stages with "giant party balloon"

SpaceX to slow upper rocket stages with

Elon Musk does not deny that his idea can be called insane.

The company aims to recover every stage of its rockets instead of just the first stage boosters, as is now the case. But SpaceX is determined to try to preserve the second stage of the rocket using a large bowl for parties.

Meteorologists with the US Air Force 45th Space Wing have predicted an 80 percent chance of favourable weather for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's launch with NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite aimed at detecting planets outside our solar system.

The Falcon 9 used in today's mission has never been launched before, though, if it lands successfully, it reportedly will be used in a future mission.

In the past year, SpaceX launched the world's most powerful rocket, launched history's first rapidly reusable orbital rocket, and doubled in value since 2015.

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In addition, SpaceX is now trying to recover its payload fairing that is the big nose cone on the Falcon 9.

The rocket will carry NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) which will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky.

Musk tweeted Sunday about his plans for the upcoming landing.

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.


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