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

by Ken Kremer February 25, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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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). Remove this ad […]

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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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Weekly Space Hangout – April 26, 2013

by Fraser Cain April 27, 2013

We had an action packed Weekly Space Hangout on Friday, with a vast collection of different stories in astronomy and spaceflight. This week’s panel included Alan Boyle, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, Scott Lewis, Jason Major, and Dr. Matthew Francis. Hosted by Fraser Cain. Some of the stories we covered included: Pulsar Provides Confirmation of General Relativity, […]

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