Monthly Archives: December 2015

Clarke’s Law applied to rocket reuse

One of science fiction grandmaster Arthur C Clarke’s several axioms was his Law of Revolutionary Ideas, which states that every revolutionary idea passes through three stages of reaction:

  1. “It’s completely impossible – don’t waste my time.”
  2. “It’s possible, but not worth doing.”
  3. “I said it was a good idea all along.”

Based on this article, and thanks to the hard work of SpaceX and Blue Origin, it seems that the revolutionary idea of re-using rocket stages has just moved from (1) to (2).

(3) may only be a year or two away. We are truly living in the future.