Wed, Apr 24, 2013
VTOL Rocket Returns To Its Exact Spot On The Launch/Landing Pad
SpaceX has released a new video showing another successful flight of its Grasshopper VTOL vehicle. And every time the fly the rocket, they go exponentially higher. On March 7, the Grasshopper flew to 262 feet. This latest leap topped out at 820, or triple the previous altitude, according to SpaceX.
Grasshopper hovered, standing on its plume of flame, for a few seconds before making a controlled descent back to the pad from which it had launched less than a minute previously. It touched down gently, and the flame extinguished. SpaceX has not yet released detailed data from the flight.
Grasshopper, SpaceX’s vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle, continues SpaceX’s work toward one of its key goals – developing fully and rapidly reusable rockets, a feat that will transform space exploration by radically reducing its cost. With Grasshopper, SpaceX engineers are testing the technology that would enable a launched rocket to land intact, rather than burning up upon reentry to the Earth’s atmosphere.
This marks the fifth Grasshopper test flight. In addition to the March 7 test, the vehicle flew to 8.2 feet last September; in November, it flew to 17.7 feet; and in December, it flew to 131 feet.
(Image captured from SpaceX YouTube video)
YOU Can Contribute To The Annual List Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the ANN and Aero-TV! E-I-C Note: We're going to start naming names and dropping details THIS week--- t>[...]
Also: Big Boeing Order, Napa Tower Quaked, Landsberg Retires, Galileo Falters Breaking News! Google has unveiled an exciting new UAV project, called Project Wing, which has been un>[...]
An Impressive Line-Up Continues To Make A Solid Impact On Sport Aviation ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell seized the opportunity to talk with Phil Solomon, the CEO of Tecn>[...]
AD NUMBER: 2014-17-04 PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.>[...]
FAA General Aviation Airports Report Beginning in 2010, the FAA began a national review of the general aviation airports resulting in two reports, General Aviation Airports: A Nati>[...]