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Reusable rocket test flight



SpaceX's Grasshopper takes a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability.

   

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 26 December, 2012, 1:11
[hr]SPACEX'S GRASSHOPPER TAKES GIANT LEAP TOWARDS REUSABILITY WITH 12-STORY FLIGHT[hr] SpaceX's Grasshopper took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper, SpaceX’s vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (VTVL), rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered and landed safely on the pad using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds. Grasshopper stands 10 stories tall and consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage, Merl... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by bison on 26 December, 2012, 20:05
It seems that technology is beginning to catch up with decades-old imagination. Images of reusable rockets landing on their tails were common in science fiction illustrations in the 1950's
Comment icon #3 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 11 January, 2013, 19:39
SpaceX's Grasshopper takes a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX's rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper, a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (VTVL), rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered and landed safely on the pad using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds. Grasshopper stands 10 stories tall and consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage, Merlin 1D engine, four steel landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure. C... [More]


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