Lars Blackmore: "Landing SpaceX's Reusable Rockets"

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Friday September 2, 2016
      3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Daniel Guggenheim Building, Room 442
  • Phone:
  • URL:
  • Email:
  • Fee(s):
  • Extras:
No contact information submitted.

Summary Sentence: SpaceX engineer to discuss the challenges of reusable rockets

Full Summary: Lars Blackmore is responsible for entry, descent and landing of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket. His team developed the precision landing technology required to bring F9R back to the launch site. He will explore some of the challenges he encountered.

The Decision & Control Lab invites you to  hear

"Landing SpaceX's Reusable Rockets"

a talk by

Lars Blackmore

Friday, September 2 at 11 a.m.

SpaceX's reusable rocket program aims to reduce the cost of space travel by making rockets that can land, refuel and refly, instead of being thrown away after every flight. Precise landing of a rocket is a unique problem, which has been likened to balancing a rubber broomstick on your hand in a windstorm. Rockets do not have wings (unlike airplanes) and they cannot rely on a high ballistic coefficient to fly in a straight line (unlike missiles). In the past year, SpaceX has successfully landed five rockets, two of which were on dry land at Cape Canaveral, and three of which were on a floating platform in the Atlantic. This talk will discuss the challenges involved, how these challenges were overcome, and next steps towards rapid reusability.


Additional Information

In Campus Calendar

College of Engineering, School of Aerospace Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering

Invited Audience
aerospace engineering, rockets
  • Created By: Kathleen Moore
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Aug 9, 2016 - 8:11am
  • Last Updated: Aug 9, 2016 - 1:45pm