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[VIDEO] SpaceX Grasshopper rocket reaches record height, lands vertically

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM   |   Comments

April 23 (UPI) -- Space entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted the latest test flight for the SpaceX Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle. The Grasshopper is ten stories tall, and when it flew a record 24 stories in a test video last month, the flight didn't turn many heads.

Rockets used to reach orbit are generally designed to burn up in the atmosphere on descent, but the VTVL is designed to be reusable by landing safely in the same position it took off from. If successful, SpaceX could bring mission costs down considerably.

Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" is the soundtrack for the latest video, in which the Grasshopper rockets to 250 meters, or about 840 feet, hovers, then lands safely back on the launchpad.


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