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SpaceX Rocket Leaps 12-Stories, Lands Vertically: VIDEO


The SpaceX Project's plan to release private, reusable space rockets took a giant leap forward with the testing of their appropriately named Grasshopper rocket last week.

The Telegraph explains:

The private space engineering company tested the vertical take-off and landing vehicle prototype at their rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas last week.

Grasshopper, powered by a Falcon 9 rocket and Merlin 1D engine, rose to a height of 130ft (40m) and hovered in the air before landing safely on the launch pad below, using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control.

The latest effort was one giant leap for the Grasshopper compared to its previous two test flights which have seen the rocket hover at six feet and 17 feet off the ground respectively before landing.

I've included video of Grasshopper's impressive take off and landing AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. "Closed loop thrust vector" would be a good title for gay geek porn.

    Posted by: SC David | Dec 24, 2012 1:06:33 PM

  2. Egad! A giant jet-fueled, flying tampon! Run for your lives!

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Dec 24, 2012 3:49:54 PM

  3. I'm sorry, but that's just WRONG!

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 24, 2012 4:33:19 PM

  4. @SC David: ROFLMAO This geek would try to be first in line!

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 25, 2012 1:13:38 AM

  5. This "rocket" is amazing! Shows what can happen when a project is given to private enterprise and taken away from the US government!

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Dec 25, 2012 10:00:55 PM

  6. And SCDavid...ROFLMAO as well

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Dec 25, 2012 10:02:51 PM

  7. @GOODCARVER: Try telling that to all the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts, the Space Shuttle crews, etc.

    A quick Xmas tip: Dry up and take your republicon b.s. somewhere else.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 26, 2012 2:31:49 AM

  8. @GoodCarver: Bush II at least once touted a private-enterprise "triumph" in health care at the same time he was trying to defund a far superior Federal program. Be careful that your ideology doesn't trump facts.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 26, 2012 3:13:31 AM

  9. What ideology? I'm a two time Obama voter, if it is that. I'm not remarking in any way regarding heroes of the NASA Programs, but you must admit, the accomplishment of SpaceX is considerably remarkable for a private company nobody heard of prior to a few years ago. And no Bush II "triumph" was ever worth touting.

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Dec 26, 2012 5:39:04 PM

  10. I don't get it. It looks like they are trying to fly a brick...All fuel and smoke, no aerodynamics...

    Posted by: Dave | Dec 26, 2012 6:18:46 PM

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