SpaceX's Grasshopper Reusable Rocket Completes Two Story Hop Test

Posted on November 7, 2012

SpaceX released this video footage of its reusable Grasshoper rocket completing a nearly two story hop. The actual distance was 5.4 meters (17.7 feet). The hop lasted 8 seconds and was controlled remotely.

SpaceX plans to launch fully and rapidly reusable rockets in the future that will use their engines to fly back to landing pads. The Grasshopper rocket is being tested in successively higher jumps at SpaceX's rocket development facility in Texas. On the previous hop it barely left the ground. Take a look:

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