SpaceX's Reusable Grasshopper Rocket, Demonstrates Its Hovering Abilities

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Sat, Jan 19th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

SpaceX, a private company that "designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft," has these videos showcasing their Grasshopper, a re-usable rocket currently being tested that can take off, hover and land.

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.

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