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The Reusable Rockets Quiz
by Staff
Reusable rocket technology promises to revolutionize space flight as we know it. How much do you know about these propulsion systems? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

What typically happens to rocket boosters during missions?

  • They explode.
  • They float off into space.
  • They float by parachute and splash down in the ocean.

Which organization was the first to create a reusable rocket that landed safely in a vertical position?

  • Blue Origin
  • SpaceX
  • NASA

Traditional rocket systems are often referred to as what?

  • expendable launch systems
  • disposable launch systems
  • single-use launch systems

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, is the product architect for which company?

  • Faraday Future
  • Tesla Motors
  • Green Propulsion

Which part of the space shuttle system is reused?

  • launch vehicle load frame
  • rocket boosters
  • external tank

At what speed was NASA's space shuttle traveling when its reusable boosters separated from the spacecraft?

  • 1,900 miles per hour (3,058 kilometers per hour)
  • 2,400 miles per hour
  • 3,100 miles per hour

What was the model name of Blue Origin's first successful reusable rocket?

  • Charon
  • PM1
  • New Shepard

What was the diameter of the parachutes that lowered NASA's space shuttle boosters back to Earth?

  • 136 feet (41 meters)
  • 180 feet
  • 210 feet

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos made much of his fortune through which company?

  • Alibaba.com
  • Yahoo Inc.
  • Amazon.com Inc.

How much funding did Blue Origin receive from NASA in 2009?

  • $3.7 million
  • $37 million
  • $370 million

The engines of SpaceX's Falcon 9 provide the thrust of about how many Boeing 747s?

  • nine
  • seven
  • five

At the time of space shuttle Columbia disaster, the shuttle fleet was how old?

  • eight
  • 20
  • 30

How many pounds of thrust does Blue Origin's rocket engine BE-4 have?

  • 550,000 pounds of thrust (2,446,521 Newtons)
  • 490,000 pounds of thrust
  • 380,000 pounds of thrust

What is the crew capacity of the New Shepard capsule?

  • three
  • six
  • eight

How many pounds of thrust did NASA's space shuttle twin boosters create during launch?

  • 31 million pounds of thrust
  • 20.2 million pounds of thrust
  • 6.6 million pounds of thrust

How many stages make up the flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9?

  • two
  • three
  • five

Traditionally, launching a rocket like Falcon 9 costs at least how much?

  • $200 million
  • $180 million
  • $60 million

With a reusable rocket the cost of launching a payload might drop to how much?

  • $30 million
  • $22 million
  • $6 million

Compared to rocket hardware, how much does propellant cost?

  • Propellant is much less expensive.
  • Propellant is much more expensive.
  • Propellant costs about the same.

What is the name of the spacecraft that SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches into orbit?

  • Eagle
  • Dragon
  • Pigeon

NASA's space shuttle reusable rocket boosters used which kind of fuel?

  • hypergolic propellant
  • cryogenic fuel
  • solid propellant

How does the New Shepard craft land following a mission?

  • vertically, just like it launched
  • on its side
  • on wheels like a plane

The Falcon Heavy's engines produce as much thrust as how many Boeing 747s?

  • 23
  • 18
  • 13

With how many engines is SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket equipped?

  • nine
  • 12
  • 17

How many employees were needed to keep NASA's space shuttle program up and running?

  • 2,000
  • 4,000
  • 9,000

Ultimately, what was one of the shuttle program's fatal flaws?

  • The payload capacity was too small.
  • It was extremely expensive.
  • The technology didn't work.

Unexpected maintenance costs reduced the shuttle program's number of flights by about what percentage?

  • 25 percent
  • 75 percent
  • 45 percent

What was the turnaround time between New Shepard's two successful launches and landings?

  • 61 days
  • 82 days
  • 93 days

How tall is SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket?

  • 530 feet (162 meters)
  • 450 feet
  • 230 feet

What is the burn time of Falcon 9's second-stage engine?

  • 397 seconds
  • 258 seconds
  • 138 seconds