SpaceX May Try to Catch a Falling Rocket With a Tower

SpaceX May Try to Catch a Falling Rocket With a Tower
(Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)

To build a fully reusable launch system for its interplanetary Starship vehicle, SpaceX has had to solve myriad technical challenges, such as slowing the massive spacecraft down as it reenters Earth's atmosphere at near-orbital velocities.

But perhaps the biggest challenge—as always, with rockets—is fairly mundane: its mass. The goal with a rocket is to build the lightest possible vehicle with the greatest amount of performance.

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