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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:23 AM

SpaceX Grasshopper 12-Story Test Flight 12/17/12 (Videos)

These were uploaded by SpaceX on Dec 23, 2012

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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sakabatou Dec 2012 #1

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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:09 PM

1. If NASA had its budget expanded to a much larger size

It could do this as well.

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