Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Grasshopper Continues Its High-Flying Act...

The Grasshopper does a lateral maneuver shortly after launch on August 13, 2013.

Check out this amazing video showing SpaceX's Grasshopper test vehicle as it soared 250 meters (820 feet) above its pad at the Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas on August 13. While the altitude for this latest demonstration was a bit lower than the 325 meters (1,066 feet) the Grasshopper achieved in a test two months ago, the craft enjoyed a new milestone when it conducted a 100-meter lateral maneuver in the air before making a pinpoint landing at the center of its pad. The steering capability that the Grasshopper showed last Tuesday will be an integral part of landing a reusable rocket precisely back at its pad after reentering Earth's atmosphere following launch. Yet another amazing accomplishment achieved by SpaceX this year.

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