Elon Musk Promises Radical Change in BFR Design

BFR in flight. (Credit: SpaceX)

In tweet over the weekend, Elon Musk promised a “radical change” in the design of the Big Falcon Rocket SpaceX is developing for launching satellites, point-to-point travel and Earth, and human and cargo missions to the moon and Mars.

“Btw, SpaceX is no longer planning to upgrade Falcon 9 second stage for reusability. Accelerating BFR instead. New design is very exciting! Delightfully counter-intuitive,” he tweeted.

Musk also said SpaceX would not be making any changes to the Falcon 9 booster to make it more reusable. This declaration rules out recovering the second stage for reuse.