Grasshopper on the pad in Texas. (Credit: SpaceX)

A Closer Look at SpaceX’s Grasshopper

Posted by Doug Messier on November 14, 2012, at 11:26 am

SpaceX PR — On November 1, 2012, SpaceX’s Grasshopper — a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle — lifted nearly two stories in an 8-second duration test hop. The rocket rose 17.7 feet (5.4 meters), hovered, and touched back down safely on the pad at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

The Grasshopper program is a critical step toward achieving SpaceX’s goal of developing fully and rapidly reusable rockets. With Grasshopper, SpaceX engineers are testing the technology that would allow a launched rocket to land intact, rather than burning up upon reentry to Earth’s atmosphere.

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