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Vittori, Elon Musk also studies 'horizontal' landings - Future Tech

2023-11-29T15:18:45.108Z

Highlights: Vittori, Elon Musk also studies 'horizontal' landings - Future Tech. Elon Musk's attempt to return 55-story building-sized rockets with astronauts on board may prove too risky. "My advice: horizontal take-off and horizontal landing. In the <>-year history of the Italian Air Force, this is what we have done," Vittori said last night, eliciting applause from the guests at the Italian Embassy in Berlin. "Tapestries are a one-way ticket," "they're like 'ancestors' trying to make a car move with square wheels"


Elon Musk's attempt to return 55-story building-sized rockets with astronauts on board may prove too risky, while the principle of making space travel economically feasible remains the one behind the development of the project. (ANSA)


Elon Musk's attempt to return to earth rockets as tall as 55-story buildings with astronauts on board may prove too risky, while the principle to make space travel economically feasible remains the one at the basis of aviation, including Italian aviation, which has just turned one hundred years old: take-off and horizontal landing.
Astronaut Roberto Vittori, speaking at an event organized at the Italian Embassy in Berlin on the occasion of the third National Space Day, was convinced of this. "For the future, what we need to do is have airplanes and evolve them into spacecraft. So, you take off from a runway, you go into space, you launch satellites, you bring astronauts, you do whatever you want, you come back, you land, you refuel and you leave. It's impossible? No, it's possible," Vittori said last night.
"My advice: horizontal take-off and horizontal landing. In the <>-year history of the Italian Air Force, this is what we have done, this is what we must do," he said, eliciting applause from the guests.
"If we really want to harness the potential of space, we have to work and make access to space easier, cheaper, first of all," he said. "Tapestries are a one-way ticket," "they're like 'ancestors' trying to make a car move with square wheels," he added, referring to the "Flintstones" cartoons. "Elon Musk, he's trying to land a gigantic rocket like never built before, the Starship, but with astronauts on board it's not going to work unless you find a more aeronautical way to land it," he said, referring to the head of the U.S. aerospace company SpaceX.


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