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Rocket recycling – catching rocket stages after launch
Huh, catching a winged first stage booster rocket by the nose, air towing to a landing site, then releasing it again so it can glide to land. Avoids boost-back for recovery (more fuel for main flight), doesn't require a landing site forward in the ground track for the booster either. Catch-and-release, like a big mouth billy bass...
DLR  germany  europe  EU  air  capture  tow  towed  glider  gliding  booster  rocket  space  recovery  research  technology 
march 2019 by asteroza
Datenübertragung per Laser: Bestmarken geknackt
10Km terrestrial lasercomm link at 1.72 Tbps, so conditions are roughly equivalent to a ground-to-orbit lasercomm link
DLR  Fraunhofer  EU  europe  germany  space  communications  freespace  optical  networking  laser  lasercomm  research  Delicious 
november 2016 by asteroza

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