15 August 2013
SpaceX successfully staged the most challenging test flight yet of its Grasshopper test vehicle, sending the vertical-takeoff-and-landing rocket 250 meters into the air and steering it 100 meters laterally before bringing it in for a landing. The test took place 13 Aug. at SpaceX’s test facility near McGregor, Texas. SpaceX is also preparing to fly Grasshopper at Spaceport America in New Mexico, where it would be possible to send the vehicle to higher altitudes. Grasshopper is a part of SpaceX’s initiative, first announced in 2011, to develop an orbital rocket with a reusable first stage. The test vehicle is based closely on the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket but has landing legs and is powered by a single kerosene-fueled Merlin 1-D engine. (Image Credit: SpaceX)
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