SpaceX have been hard at work pushing the envelope of modern rockets. One of their major goals is to develop a fully reusable version of their Falcon 9 booster. Their test article, Grasshopper, has been making several “leaps” into the sky and returning to its launch pad under controlled flight. On Monday, October 7 2013, it made its highest leap yet, up to a whopping 744m! Check it out:
It’s cool to see Grasshopper making bigger and bigger leaps like this. The more SpaceX learns from these test flights, the closer they get to a fully reusable rocket. Reusability is key to bringing down launch costs and SpaceX are way ahead of the pack on this front.
I swear though, looking at the footage, I have a hard time believing it’s really doing that. That’s so freaking cool.