Important Innovations Collection: Catching Rockets in Flight
|Source: DLR Model of Reusable Rocket System|
FALcon - Catching Rockets in Flight
An international consortium from six European Union countries have just launched R&D for reusable space rockets. The program is called FALcon. The effort is being spearheaded by Germany's space agency DLR. The system includes a chase aircraft that follows the rocket after liftoff and catches rocket stages on descent. The plane tows the booster to a landing area and releases it so it can glide to earth. The project starts with a three year study. For a great news blog on this, go to Important Innovations Collection: Catching Rockets in Flight: Germany Spearheads Reusable Rocket Concept Source: DLR Model FALcon Project Six international European Union partners are worki...