We have already seen the unusual landing method of the Starship prototype, and soon we will witness something completely new that the world of the space industry has not yet seen. The SuperHeavy rocket will not slow down with engines until the very end. Just above the ground, or rather the launch pad, it will be caught in flight by one or even two towers, which will also serve to stabilize the rocket during its launch.
As the SpaceX engineers want to reduce the weight of the vehicle, the SuperHeavy will not have landing legs like the Falcon-9 rockets. SuperHeavy will be caught in flight by graters, i.e. elements used to stabilize the rocket. This work will be done by tower cranes. It may seem like a strange idea, but according to experts' calculations, it is not only doable, but also safe and, most importantly, will reduce mission costs.
As if that was not enough, SuperHeavy will be almost immediately ready for the next space mission, as its landing will take place exactly at the launch site. This concept is also crucial due to the fact that the launch of Starship and SuperHeavy will not take place from land, but from offshore platforms that are to be away from cities. It is about the deafening noise generated when vehicles take off.
The amazing SuperHeavy landing maneuver will also complement Starship. The ship is supposed to return through the atmosphere at a low angle. It is fair to say that it will be almost flat like planes fly. This arrangement of the vehicle is to allow less heating of the vehicle shell and reduce the possibility of its damage, and above all, to slow down the heavy Starship without the need to use a parachute system.
However, such a maneuver will require a completely different approach to landing than in the case of Falcon-9 rockets. The landings will be amazing. In the final phase of landing, Starship will swing heavily in different directions. Engineers want to use Raptor engines and aerodynamic surfaces on the vehicle to slow it down just in front of the landing field.