Elon Musk Shows Off SpaceX’s New ‘X-Wing’ Rocket, Sea Drone Landing Platform

November 24, 2014 4:38 PM

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Elon Musk Shows Off SpaceX’s New ‘X-Wing’ Rocket, Sea Drone Landing Platform

Elon Musk debuted some of SpaceX’s latest space-age advancements via Twitter over the weekend including new wings to steer its vertical-landing, reusable Falcon 9 rocket and a floating drone landing platform, where rockets will land and refuel before launching back into space.

According to Musk, the “autonomous spaceport drone ship” uses repurposed thrusters from deep-sea oil rigs to maintain a target position within 3 meters (about 10 feet) — even in rough waters — to capture incoming Falcon 9 rockets.

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