SpaceX's Grasshopper Rocket: Vertical Takeoff and Landing

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    localoid

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    From: SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket jumps past 2,500 feet

    Elon Musk's Grasshooper vehicle has inched a little hop closer to becoming a viable VTVL (vertical takeoff, vertical landing) rocket, last week completing its highest flight to date, reaching 744 meters in altitude (a snip over 2,500 feet) before performing its rocket-powered descent and touchdown.

    SpaceX wants to cut the cost of launches by creating reusable boosters that return to the launchpad. That's because most of the cost of a liftoff is isn't in the fuel (around $200,000 for each flight) but embedded in the use-once-and-discard launchers. With a fully-developed Grasshopper, the first stage would become reusable.

    The video below was shot from a single camera hexacopter.

     
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    decafjava

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    Glad to be alive now, just wish I could live another 100 years or so. :D
     
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    j u s t a m a m z i n g

    In between I though it drift away but finally it came back. Great.
     
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    CrickettGrrrl

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    So, so cool! Thanks for posting these.
     
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    gkarris

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    Neat!
     
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    Mousse

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    Or we can just launch rockets from Australia.

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    :D:D:D:D
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Pretty fracking amazing!:eek:
     
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    Pretty nifty stuff! Oh what my children will see in their lifetime.
     

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