Grasshopper Flies Again

The SpaceX Grasshopper took another test flight on 7 October 2013. This amazing view was made using a hexacopter giving a unique look at the 744 meter (2,441 ft) vertical flight which is the highest for Grasshopper so far, and the successful landing.

The Grasshopper is made from the first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket a Merlin 1D engine put together with four steel and aluminum legs with hydraulic dampers. The assembly creates a 10-story vehicle to test Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing technology. SpaceX rockets are being designed to return to the launch pad and land upright so they can be reused.

According to their website, SpaceX is preparing for a number of launches in the remainder of the year, in particular:

In November the SES 8 satellite will launch. This is a communications satellite to serve fixed and mobile customers in India, Indonesia and Indo-china.

In December it’s back to the International Space Station with a resupply mission featuring the Dragon. Look for this launch to happen around 9 December from Cape Canaveral (maybe).

Source: SpaceX

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