To me it looks like an incredible engineering feat that flexes the great rocket control systems they have developed. I wonder about the ultimate utility though because there's a big difference between going up and hitting several hundred(?) miles per hour and floating back down, and getting to orbital velocities and trying to reorient a big tube to come in on a vertical descent. So says the I-A-Ber, the smartest folks in the land.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:29:04 PM
The tail rocket landing is for the moon or other airless planets. To return to earth you just attach wings for more fuel economy. Save the fuel to push the payload UP to space.
I'm glad to see space privatized. The only way we`ll get passenger service up there is for profit. The guv`ment don`t care about sending us.