Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SpaceX Grasshopper

On June 14, SpaceX's Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) rocket climbed to an altitude of 1066ft (325m), hovered, then came back down to the ground in a controlled landing - on the pad.

Elon Musk has a dream of future rockets being able to achieve orbit and return to their launchpad to be re-used.

[Update: Since I found this video, the Grasshopper has performed some other neat feats too, including moving horizontally while hovering and yet still coming back to the launch pad.]

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