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SpaceX refused to update Falcon 9 second tier for reuse

And earlier Elon Musk even suggested using a balloon when landing.

The head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, announced that he was refusing to update the second stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle in order to reuse it. At the same time, the entrepreneur noted that they intend to make “minor changes” in it for the sake of reliability – but only in the case of support from NASA and the US Air Force.

Musk did not explain the reason for changing his plans, but promised that instead he would speed up the development of the Big Falcon Rocket. The first full-scale expeditions of the rocket are scheduled for 2024. As planned , the BFS will accommodate up to 100 passengers, and will also be able to fly to Mars and other planets.

In April, Musk suggested keeping the second stage of the Falcon launch vehicle using a giant inflatable balloon. This idea, apparently, will remain unfulfilled.

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