Watch SpaceX's Grasshopper Set A New Record
SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket is starting to feel like one of the family. We've all seen numerous launch videos which show rocket reach new heights before returning to the ground for a beautifully accurate vertical landing. This time round, Grasshopper reached a new record height of 744m (2444 Ft) before making yet another successful landing. But this is no ordinary launch footage. This video of the October 7th test was shot by a remote controlled hexacopter, which manages to get stupidly close to the 32m tall rocket.
Elon Musk's SpaceX believe that their Grasshopper rocket can revolutionize space travel by cutting launch costs by up to 90%. Currently, all space-faring launch projects use rockets that are designed to simply burn up upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere. Grasshopper on the other hand is designed to reenter Earth's atmosphere intact and return to a designated location for a vertical landing, similar to the one seen in this video. This will allow space agencies to reuse the same rocket for multiple launches, subsequently slashing the cost of the launch process.