Can SpaceX Reuse a second stage? 

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SpaceX makes first stage recovery and reuse look routine these days. In March, Elon Musk said he wants to start trying to recover and reuse the second stage... Why is that a bigger deal than the first stage? Find out!
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LoparceGaming826 Pirms 2 dienām
But... why not to use just a parachute
Sfs rocket Engineer
Sfs rocket Engineer Pirms 8 dienām
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Sfs rocket Engineer
Sfs rocket Engineer Pirms 5 dienām
@Chris Teo Seno hi
Chris Teo Seno
Chris Teo Seno Pirms 6 dienām
EY its SFS rocket engineer im Mr cheese
2ftpmarco Pirms 17 dienām
what would happen if you de-orbit a glider ? using the velocity and air to de-orbit as slow as possible (bouncing of the atmosphere)
Benny BooBoo Bear
Benny BooBoo Bear Pirms 24 dienām
How about (keep in mind that by making the second stage reusable, the cost of the mission is MUCH LOWER) they spend a little more money on making the f9 bigger, and the first stage with more fuel. Upon reentry, the second stage will have just enough fuel to burn 0.1 percent the whole time, which will give it stability to point down, heat shield first. Boom!
Hoa Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen Pirms Mēneša
I really REALLY want to see a second stage land badly
Kim reck
Kim reck Pirms Mēneša
leave 2nd stage in orbit and collect them later using emptied starships after they have deployed their payloads
Danielle Stewart
Danielle Stewart Pirms Mēneša
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no one
no one Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
What about parachutes?
Cameron Tiggs
Cameron Tiggs Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
Three years later: the third type using body flaps or brakes
10 Gamer
10 Gamer Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
No, the third is spherical, this is the fourth
DJ Tyler
DJ Tyler Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
Great video 👍 very interesting
James Schlott
James Schlott Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
But what about... An even bigger rocket than THAT
Striker 840
Striker 840 Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
RIP sn8
Dan V
Dan V Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
What are talking about, "It was thought to be impossible." The first stage was recoverable and was recovered in the shuttle. If your trying to say, to have it land vertically was thought to be impossible is another argument.
Steven Khoo
Steven Khoo Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
You need Realism overhaul for a more accurate take
Tack Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
I'm currently designing a cubesat launcher (real life). These videos have really been helpful to Tack Aerospace!
mike dubensky
mike dubensky Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
Why not design the second and third stages of all Spacex products in such a way that pieces in orbit can be caught and cannibalized for parts to be used on Mars trip vehicles etc?
Virgilius Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
Speed of second stage is too high for the recovery!
Stefan Hilbert
Stefan Hilbert Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
Is there a possibility to fold the nozzle somehow into a heat shield? It should be heat proof anyway, doesn't it ?
Nathaniel Kencke
Nathaniel Kencke Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
15:05 I think the space shuttle orbiter weighed more than 100 kilograms
Christy Martinez
Christy Martinez Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
13:58 looks like New Sheperd
Christy Martinez
Christy Martinez Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
Giant party balloon.
Jiahua Xie
Jiahua Xie Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
Came for the spacex subbed for the spacesuit
KURT Yumang
KURT Yumang Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
Why doesn't spacex just add heatshield and parachutes and parachute down and get caught by a ship like the ms trees
Cormac Camlin
Cormac Camlin Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
... uh. parachutes?
Surabhi Vyas
Surabhi Vyas Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
why did ksp never sponsor you
Curry Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
Is it possible if we use parachutes instead? And maybe have a inflatable heat shield on where the engine is? That way it will become way easier to recover the second stage
David Milner
David Milner Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
Is there any possibly that the 2nd stage engine could be recovered economically?
Aron Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
Just add more boosters
chunky cat
chunky cat Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
Yes. Yes he can
Jakub Lukáč
Jakub Lukáč Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
Hello Tim, do you think that SpaceX might possibly want to and be able to scavenge the second stages from orbits, using the superheavy starship maybe? Maybe even disassamble them at the orbit and bring only the most valuable parts back on Earth or possibly even reuse them in space?
Shifa -
Shifa - Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
Can you play kerbal space program on mobile?
Monderz Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
Simple Rockets 2
Fredington Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
Sean Gabriel P. Guzman
Sean Gabriel P. Guzman Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
I can recover the second stage by a heat shiel and left over foul
Juan Czearrough
Juan Czearrough Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
How about using 2nd stages to scoop up those DEWs from other countries, and blast em to the sun? ...if we aren't already?
edwin hennum
edwin hennum Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
the cat was chillin
why don''t use parachute
Alvian Choiri Apriliansyah
Alvian Choiri Apriliansyah Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
It will simply burn up, or even if it don't it will be shredded by massive atmospheric drag
Dean Ickes
Dean Ickes Pirms 5 Mēnešiem
Thank you for explaining the question I had on 2nd stage .
Dean Ickes
Dean Ickes Pirms 5 Mēnešiem
yea Like a garage Great idea .
Max Thomas
Max Thomas Pirms 5 Mēnešiem
10:38 CAT!
Tuyen Truong
Tuyen Truong Pirms 5 Mēnešiem
Cruiser Chris World Network
Cruiser Chris World Network Pirms 5 Mēnešiem
I've always wondered why SpaceX doesn't recover first stages thank you everyday astronaut you giving me the answer
Conman- Plays
Conman- Plays Pirms 5 Mēnešiem
Answer: do the Kerbal approach. Just put parachutes on it.
William Mulreed
William Mulreed Pirms 5 Mēnešiem
Also the second stage would have to use its fuel to do a deorbit burn as well as land so the payload capability would be lower to reserve enough fuel to deorbit/land
Matthew Reichert
Matthew Reichert Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
I laughed when he said it would be long and than checked how long the video is
Moule Humide
Moule Humide Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
Thanks Tim
Emersonac Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
Slap some parachutes and a heat shield. Boom.
Janky Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
Just... use a load of parachutes.
MPV GAME 2.0 Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
Use a little bit of the engine and slow down and use parachute
AAA Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
15:05: Wow, the orbiter is only 100 kg.
space infinity
space infinity Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
Not sly wgslv
space infinity
space infinity Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
Can you watch my first LVlocal video it is called sly failure and to Venus
Ethan Bennett
Ethan Bennett Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
Stevan Matejic
Stevan Matejic Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
Nate Moorman
Nate Moorman Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
If I understand correctly, the merlin engines are the same but with a different nozzle. Could they potentially find a way to jettison the "extra bits" of nozzle and still be able to use that engine?
zin Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
isnt this super dumb? you can achieve a more economic result by just using a tanker rocket no? they can just use the technology they use for docking on the iss.
Lizard Workz
Lizard Workz Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
add more reusable srb's
Fredington Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
How would that help
pi_maaster1337 Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
my recommendation is that you use the tundra expansion mod for the kerbal space program and spaceX videos
Seth The Tech Guy
Seth The Tech Guy Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
Oh, old Tim
Caleb Waddell
Caleb Waddell Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
The solution to this problem......Starship.
Biplab Kumar Ghosh
Biplab Kumar Ghosh Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
I would like to see a video on the differences between Falcon 9 second stage and Starship which makes it recoverable
Christian Turner
Christian Turner Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
“We dont want that engine going down” But Tim.... Flamey end down?🥺
CardZ Pirms 6 Mēnešiem
This time the pointy end must be down and flamey end up. Im sorry.
Aldi Fitra
Aldi Fitra Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
Phew it didn't hover slam
Astronomy 101
Astronomy 101 Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
Why Did You Not Use Parachutes?
Bitch Deyvan
Bitch Deyvan Pirms 7 Mēnešiem
His outfit is done but he make sense
JOYANTA DEY Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
He cannot explain in a simple way . Multiple cuts in the video are annoying.
davidcullenl Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
SpaceX you could just add a third stage and reduce the second stage then it will automaticly re enter because it never reached orbit
047 Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Man, the falcon superheavy should exist. (Falcon heavy with four boosters)
Kyle Cortes
Kyle Cortes Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Where would the payload go?
jamie todd
jamie todd Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Excuse my ignorance - what actually happens to the second stage at the minute, does it simply remain in orbit or does it burn up in the atmosphere?
Fredington Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
They deorbit the second stage either it burns up in the atmosphere or if it survives it goes into a secluded part of the ocean
Atlas Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
This is why areospikes as a second stage engine could work.
Waste O'Paint
Waste O'Paint Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Love the binoculars!
Ramy Fal
Ramy Fal Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
What about Supersonic Parashute !!? Like deploying in the upper atmosphere
Tom Craver
Tom Craver Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Why not have a heat shield that can be moved over the engines after the re-entry burn, and discarded just before landing? No fins or separate landing rockets.
Caleb Waddell
Caleb Waddell Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Idk, I'm able to deorbit my second stages without a heat shield and with the added weight of batteries and solar panels on the stage itself as well as parachutes, and I successfully did it every time. I will say my payload was more like that com sat tho. But, I was able to get a com sat into mun orbit and deorbit the stage.
Malcolm David
Malcolm David Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
How about a Falcon 'Extra' Heavy with 4 boosters ? Surely this would allow the extra kit to be carried for re-entry and landing with a similar payload. The 2nd stage could then be re-designed so the tanks are jettisoned to remain in orbit for future re-use with only the main engines and expensive bits returned. Then use a heat shield designed with an engine [for landing] set in the centre. ie Fight fire with fire and bring it all home !
Dan Neal
Dan Neal Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
What if we created a Falcon Heavy Plus with FOUR additional First stage components. You would probably have to build up the structure of the core (hence more weight) to take the load, but I think the added Delta V would make up for that making the system completely reusable. You might also have to land all of the boost stage components at sea, or maybe not. It would be an interested case to run through Kerbal.
Hello World
Hello World Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Wait... but don’t they, and correct me if I’m wrong, Deorbit their second stages anyway?
Dx E
Dx E Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Does he have to be so gay to make this video... so much manerism, hands, eyes and body movememt. Are there no men left in america
Ryan Fu
Ryan Fu Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Duns Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Why they dont use gridfins, parachute and airbags?
Quality Shit Edit
Quality Shit Edit Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
I have a significant other... Her name is Factorio
Mike Ober
Mike Ober Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Why the assumption that the "heavy" side boosters have to come back to the launch site. Why not use a third drone ship to give the side boosters more time to boost?
Hello World
Hello World Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
They don’t have 3 drone ships and their expensive to make!
Jeff Campsey
Jeff Campsey Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
What about the idea of the "space cannon"? Mabey such a thing could be used for cargo that could (fuel,raw materials) survive the ridiculous g forces of launch.
Problem Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Or just turn of damage using alt+f12 so it doesnt break lol.
æ Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Falcon 27
Lisbeth Mathiasen
Lisbeth Mathiasen Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Iw plade kop for 200 horers
ajayalmighty Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Your videos are entertaining, but they’re painfully devoid of any real information. Does all your info just come from people like yourself on the internet?
Hello World
Hello World Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
ajayalmighty I would like to bring attention that his newer videos are much more accurate :)
C TheeZee
C TheeZee Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Why wont you just make the second stage covered with heat shield?
Christy Martinez
Christy Martinez Pirms 3 Mēnešiem
Giant party balloon.
William Canovas
William Canovas Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
I feel like what u do in ur videos is kerbal!
KarpKomet Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Oh ya, he used to do videos in his suit....How embarrassing jk :)
Ben Scott
Ben Scott Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Hmmm, what if you didn't need the second stage to return immediately? Could you deploy some sort of solar sail that gradually slowed the stage down enough to reenter safely?
Hello World
Hello World Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Ben Scott That would only really have any effect a couple of km before earth, you would have to do a burn to slow it down enough as otherwise it would be completely ripped apart and would burn up
Frits van Leersum
Frits van Leersum Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Can't they be used to make a station there? Or to sweep for particles? All better as to be burnied.
Chris Townley
Chris Townley Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Once the second stage has completed it's mission, deliver a payload to space, it is lighter by the weight of it's payload, so you over simplify. Now can you factor that in and give another run at the subject please?
Chris Townley
Chris Townley Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
The second stage is also lighter by the amount of fuel used to do its task. Reducing the Orbital speed while in vacuum and possibly going for a parachute return through the atmosphere may work. the second stage at altitude will not accelerate the same as, say 10K as the gravitation is less. A Drogue as it gets into a denser atmosphere will increase its breaking effort.
47represent Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Could we turn the stage 2's into an orbital ring? 😅
Michael Fink
Michael Fink Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
What if you jettisoned the "Merlin Engine."
Hello World
Hello World Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Mike Flies lmao it’s one of the most expensive parts and one of the main reasons you would reuse the stage :D. It’s would basically get to the point we’re it’s just useless and a waste of time/money
Foreign Destiny
Foreign Destiny Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
What if you catch the 2nd stage with another 1st stage
IAMDAONE 787 Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Tim-"That's a spicy meatball!" Me-*Dies of Laughter*
BAM5 Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
BTW, when using SAS for re-entry, you want to switch the nav ball reference from "Orbit" to "Surface". Could have been an issue for your stability problem.
Tenthrone Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
couldn't you put the leftover fuel at the nose end of the fuel tank? like use a massive straw to draw fuel from the nose end and pressurize the engine end?
John Stilwagen
John Stilwagen Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
You can land the second stage on the Moon and re-use it there...
Alfons Rasmus
Alfons Rasmus Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
I feel like it would be easier to just add a few more parachutes
Saturnares Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
15:05 I really thought the shuttle weighed 80 kilograms not 100...
retikulum Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
And now, only 3 years later, they're developing Starship and Superheavy ^^
J Hatch
J Hatch Pirms 12 dienām
And now only 8 months later the blown up 2 complete starships
Jack Whitlock
Jack Whitlock Pirms Mēneša
And in two days SN9 should fly
BN 1
BN 1 Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
And launched one now lmao
120 Hertz
120 Hertz Pirms 2 Mēnešiem
And they like to make expensive fireworks too
Amado Pirms 4 Mēnešiem
Darryl Thayer
Darryl Thayer Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
What hapened to SN 4
Hello World
Hello World Pirms 8 Mēnešiem
Darryl Thayer exploded...
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