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Watch SpaceX’s Grasshopper making its highest leap yet

By Salome Phelamei | Last Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 17:16

Zee Media Bureau

Texas: A new video released by SpaceX shows the company’s Grasshopper reusable rocket set a new height record of 744 meters (2440ft) above the arid landscape.

The ten-storey-tall Grasshopper, after reaching a record height, reversed the course and made a gentle vertical landing to the same spot from where it was launched.

SpaceX’s Grasshopper is built in such a way that it survives while making re-entry into the atmosphere and then comes back to Earth so it can be used again.

While the rocket has conducted several tests so far, the latest one took place on October 7th in Texas.

Watch the video below:

Grasshopper is a suborbital reusable launch vehicle (RLV), a vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket, designed to support development and test of a subset of the technologies required for the SpaceX reusable rocket launching system.

Announced in 2011, Grasshopper began low-altitude, low-velocity hover/landing testing in 2012.

First Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 19:28

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