SpaceX won’t depend on legs to land its next-generation booster rockets. Elon Musk has revealed that his firm will attempt to “catch” the longer term Tremendous Heavy booster utilizing the launch tower arm, with the grid fins (used to assist management the descent) shouldering the load. As TechCrunch explained, this course of would successfully hook the rocket utilizing the tower arm earlier than it reaches the bottom.
This might require very exact positioning, and there’s nonetheless an extended approach to go when Tremendous Heavy flight testing won’t begin till just a few months from now on the earliest. If profitable, although, the catch technique might save SpaceX from including cumbersome legs to its rocket. A very exact maneuvering system would possibly even cut back turnaround time by letting SpaceX relaunch the rocket with out having to maneuver it from its touchdown place.