Grasshopper

This is amazing.

Meet Grasshopper.

Grasshopper (aka Falcon 9 by Spacex) had a test flight on 13 August.  It flew to an altitude of 250m with a lateral offset of 100m and then maneuvered back to its launch pad.

Well done, Grasshopper. You have learned to return to your balancing point.

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3 Responses to Grasshopper

  1. jflare says:

    Huh.
    So I followed the link to see the size of this rocket; I couldn’t really tell by the video. So..this is a full-size rocket. Or near enough to one. Fully loaded, it might actually be capable of lifting something to space. WOW!
    Cool!

  2. Bonomo says:

    That is quite something. Though, I must confess that I find the sight of a large rocket — especially a long, thin rocket, hovering in the air and tilting back and forth a bit unnerving. I keep thinking of the early launch failures in the late 50’s and early 60’s. This is quite a technological accomplishment by SpaceX!

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    oh that is SO cool. what kind of geniuses can figure out how to get grasshopper to take off, hover, then back down. kudos to them! However, i wish only NASA was doing this type of rocket maneuvers.