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PWSP 2.0 :USAF on the future plans of Spacex RLV GrassHopper 1.1 (Unauthorized)

17 Oct 2013, 04:50 UTC
PWSP 2.0 :USAF on the future plans of Spacex RLV GrassHopper 1.1 (Unauthorized)
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"... I am no expert, but I would say that USAF Space Command is excited by what is going on at Spacex. Look out Boeing-LockMart.. " - DRS 102013.RTY

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"Kudos to E. Mudge on the heads up about this article "

Published by Armed Forces Network on Oct 15, 2013

Grasshopper is an experimental
technology-demonstrator, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (RLV), a
vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket,[1] built to support
development and test of a subset of the technologies required for the
SpaceX reusable rocket launching system.[2] Grasshopper was announced in
2011[3] and began low-altitude, low-velocity hover/landing testing in
2012. The initial Grasshopper test vehicle—the 32 metres (106 ft)-tall
Grasshopper v1.0—made eight successful test flights in 2012 and 2013
before being retired. A second Grasshopper test vehicle—the larger and
more capable Grasshoper v1.1—is currently being built and will be used
for testing at higher altitudes and supersonic speeds.

Grasshopper
is being developed and tested by Space Exploration Technologies
(SpaceX) in order to assist development of the reusable Falcon 9 and
reusable Falcon Heavy rockets, which will require vertical landings of

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