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:
- “It’s completely impossible – don’t waste my time.”
- “It’s possible, but not worth doing.”
- “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.