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SpaceX Grasshopper Successfully Flies 40 Meters

24 Dec 2012, 18:39 UTC
SpaceX Grasshopper Successfully Flies 40 Meters
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Single Camera: Grasshopper 40-Meter Test Flight 12/17/12
SpaceX reports: Grasshopper takes a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper, a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (VTVL), rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered and landed safely on the pad using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds. Grasshopper stands 10 stories tall and consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage, Merlin 1D engine, four steel landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure.

Multi-Angle: Grasshopper 40-Meter Test Flight 12/17/12

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