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Thread: Falcon 9: mini-BFS reusable upper stage "upgrade"

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    Default Falcon 9: mini-BFS reusable upper stage "upgrade"

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    "will be upgraded" sounds like a bit more than 'a' test. Certainly testing the Skydiver entry and descent.

    I'm betting on a parafoil trip to Mr Steven for the landing since he teased sonething like that last April (see post 2).

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1060253333116473344

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    Mod to SpaceX tech tree build: Falcon 9 second stage will be upgraded to be like a mini-BFR Ship
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    Anner J. Bonilla
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    When?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Aiming for orbital flight by June
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    Everyday Astronaut @Erdayastronaut
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    How will it propulsively land? The MVac would be too high TWR and have flow separation at sea level... or will this just be to practice the reentry regime?
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    Elon Musk ✔ @elonmusk
    Wont land propulsively for those reasons. Ultra light heat shield & high Mach control surfaces are what we cant test well without orbital entry. I think we have a handle on propulsive landings.
    3:17 PM - Nov 7, 2018
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    For context, this is from April 15, 2018.

    Party balloon then was interpreted as using a ballute, but if it has BFS aerosurfaces and heat shields that's likely out.

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/985655249745592320

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    This is gonna sound crazy, but
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    SpaceX will try to bring rocket upper stage back from orbital velocity using a giant party balloon
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