Hexacopter films SpaceX Grasshopper

Jul 09, 2013 4 Comments by

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.

Debra Cleghorn, Featured News

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4 Responses to “Hexacopter films SpaceX Grasshopper”

  1. Richard says:

    I think these are some of the coolest videos.

  2. Tracy says:

    Dang! That was one cool video

  3. Rick says:

    Buck Rogers, here we come!

  4. Martin Nation says:

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

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