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Grasshopper 744m Test | Single Camera (Hexacopter)

On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest leap to date, rising to 744m altitude. The view above is taken from a single camera hexacopter, getting closer to the stage than in any previous flight. Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up on atmosphere reentry, SpaceX rockets are being designed not only to withstand reentry, but also to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing. The Grasshopper VTVL vehicle represents a critical step towards this goal.Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank, Merlin 1D engine, four steel and aluminum landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure.

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13 Oct
Tony Buser @tbuser
RT @valleyhack: Apple may have iPhones with new plastic cases, but SpaceX has drones filming rockets than can land http://t.co/9cxphXIC5z
13 Oct
Brian Degger @drbrian
RT @elonmusk: Rocket flight to 744m, hover & return to launch pad (close shot from hexacopter drone) http://t.co/vyJSUbZo2R
13 Oct
Macartisan @macartisan
RT @elonmusk: Rocket flight to 744m, hover & return to launch pad (close shot from hexacopter drone) http://t.co/vyJSUbZo2R
13 Oct
Steve Hoefer @Grathio
There's a scene in Apollo 13 that bugs me because Saturn V gets too close to the camera. Guess I need to get over it. http://t.co/pBHq142UZU