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Hexacopter films SpaceX Grasshopper

Hexacopter films SpaceX Grasshopper

In this video, a hexacopter captures video footage of the SpaceX Grasshopper as it reaches 325 meters (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad.

Part of a program that intends to test how rockets could return to Earth intact for a vertical landing on the launch pad instead of burning up in the atmosphere, Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle.

Its steel structure contains a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank and Merlin 1D engine as well as four steel and aluminum landing legs with hydraulic dampers.

Updated: July 27, 2015 — 8:55 AM

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  1. I think these are some of the coolest videos.

  2. Dang! That was one cool video

  3. Buck Rogers, here we come!

  4. Absolutely phenomenal! Landed exactly where it took off from. This is exciting and all too cool. Congratulations to the team.

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