Click the arrow to watch the video on YouTube. Video source: SpaceX.
SpaceX released yesterday a video of a recent Grasshopper test flight.
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.