SpaceX Rocket Prototype Explodes In Texas; ‘Rockets Are Tricky’, Musk Says

by Elizabeth Howell August 22, 2014

No injuries are reported after a SpaceX rocket prototype detonated in Texas today (Aug. 22) after an anomaly was found in the rocket, the company said in a statement. The  Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) — a successor to the Grasshopper vertical take-off and landing rocket — was completing the latest in a series of ambitious […]

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Next SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Gets Landing Legs for March Blastoff to Space Station – Says Elon Musk

by Ken Kremer February 25, 2014

The next commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that’s set to launch in March carrying an unmanned Dragon cargo vessel will also be equipped with a quartet of landing legs in a key test that will one day lead to cheaper, reusable boosters, announced Elon Musk, the company’s founder and CEO. The attachment of landing legs […]

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Incredible Vertical-Landing Grasshopper Rocket Has Retired

by Elizabeth Howell October 23, 2013

Did you take a moment to look at that August video of the Grasshopper rocket deliberately going sideways and then appearing to hover for a bit before returning to Earth? For more video fodder, there’s also this high-flying test the rocket took in October. We hope you enjoyed these views, because Grasshopper is being retired. […]

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Hexacopter Drone Watches SpaceX Grasshopper Take Highest Flight Yet

by Nancy Atkinson October 14, 2013

This is an absolutely awesome view of the latest test flight of the SpaceX Grasshopper. The footage is shot with a camera attached to a hexacopter drone, and provides the closest view yet during a Grasshopper test of the operating rocket stage. During this test, Grasshopper flew to 744 meters (2,440 feet). Nancy Atkinson on […]

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SpaceX Grasshopper Performs Divert Maneuver

by Nancy Atkinson August 14, 2013

SpaceX proved yesterday that their Grasshopper prototype Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle can do more than just go straight up and down. The goal of the test, said SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Twitter was, “hard lateral deviation, stabilize & hover, rapid descent back to pad.” On August 13th, the Grasshopper did just that, […]

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