Author Topic: booster/second-stage reentry from orbital velocity  (Read 874 times)

Online QuantumG

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I've seen a number of places where people are talking about reentry of SpaceX second stages, and the potential of an SSTO based off the Falcon first stage. Back in the glory days of 2011 the second stage was to reenter after a reentry burn and with the aid of a really good heat shield. That was abandoned (or was it?) but how realistic was it? If that heat shield was on the first stage and it happened to find itself at orbital velocity, would it survive?
Human spaceflight is basically just LARPing now.