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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Grasshopper Leaps Higher Than Ever Before...

The Falcon 9's first stage motor is about to hover 1,066 feet (325 meters) above the ground in McGregor, Texas...on June 14, 2013.
SpaceX

Check out this new video showing SpaceX's Grasshopper test vehicle soaring to new heights as it reached an altitude of 325 meters (1,066 feet—which is much higher than the Chrysler Building in New York City) above its launch pad at the Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas...on June 14 of this year. It's only a matter of time till this remarkable craft hovers to a height of up to one mile above the ground, with SpaceX not being unreasonable in launching a reusable Falcon 9 rocket (which is what the Grasshopper is without eight of its nine Merlin engines installed, and the Dragon spacecraft not mated at the top) on a normal flight to space in the not-too-distant future...with the first stage motor making the kind of precision landing that the Grasshopper has enjoyed since conducting its first test last September.

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