Thursday, August 15, 2013

SpaceX Taken Aside

Click the arrow to watch the video on YouTube. Video source: SpaceX.

SpaceX released yesterday a video of a recent Grasshopper test flight.

According to Alan Boyle of NBC News:

SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket demonstrates in a new video how future launch vehicles may well lift off, do their job and then maneuver themselves for a precision landing.

During Tuesday's test, the modified Falcon 9 test rig blasted off from its Texas launch pad and rose to a height of 250 meters (820 feet) with a 100-meter (330-foot) lateral maneuver.

The rocket hovered for some moments, then swung back and made a rapid, controlled descent onto the pad.

Lots of Cape Canaveral rockets did this in the 1950s and 1960s, only it wasn't intentional . . .

UPDATE August 16, 2013 — SpaceX posted this video of the launch from a different angle, showing cattle stampeding in reaction to the launch.

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