SpaceX to recover rockets using 'giant party balloon'

Lloyd Doyle
April 17, 2018

NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft will have to wait another couple of days before lifting off.

This rocket is also the final block 4 version before SpaceX starts using block 5 versions with upgraded engines and improvements to increase the reusability of the rocket.

The cost of sending a single SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into orbit is around $62m (£43m), Engadget reports. Mission officials have said that this satellite will likely find thousands of worlds during its two-year mission.

According to a report by, NASA's current exoplanet hunting observatory named Kepler, has nearly exhausted its fuel supply, requiring NASA to put TESS into orbit to continue research.

To date, SpaceX has successfully landed Falcon 9 first stages 23 times and re-flown 11 of them. The facility's team will be tasked with researching, designing, and ultimately developing the BFR, SpaceX's "Big Falcon Rocket" meant to get humans to Mars.

After the launch, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage booster on its drone ship off the coast.

Nasa is poised to launch a $337 million washing machine-sized spacecraft that aims to vastly expand mankind's search for planets beyond our solar system, particularly closer, Earth-sized ones that might harbor life. The Tess satellite will survey nearly the entire sky, staring at the brightest, closest stars in an effort to find any planets that might be encircling them.

Regular dips in the brightness of stars could indicate orbiting planets.

NASA calls the spacecraft TESS, which is short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

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