This is yet another milestone for private space exploration and the effort to keep us reaching for the stars. Privatizing these endeavours is clearly the way to keep costs competitive and will ensure a steady pace of applicable innovations… this being a BIG one! Creating a reusable first stage that isn’t lost at sea after each use is going to save a lot of weight and money. This successful flight of 820 feet paves the way for tests of more than two miles. Onward and upward!
SpaceX’s Grasshopper flies 820 feet, tripling its March 7th leap.
Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle that SpaceX has designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up in the atmosphere during reentry, SpaceX’s rockets are being designed to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing.