SpaceX Shows Off "Grasshopper Project" for Reusable Rockets
December 26, 2012 8:38 AM
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The Grasshopper Project is a Falcon first stage with a landing gear that's capable of taking off and landing vertically
SpaceX is undoubtedly
the rockstar of U.S. space travel
, and now, the company is taking its commitment to innovation to a whole new level.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is currently testing what is called the Grasshopper Project, which is a major breakthrough in rocket reusability.
The Grasshopper Project is a Falcon first stage with a landing gear that's capable of taking off and landing vertically. It does this by shooting into orbit, turning around, restarting the engine, heading back to the launch site, changing its direction and deploying the landing gear. The end result is a vertical landing.
Check out this video of the Grasshopper Project in action:
After NASA retired its space shuttle fleet (Discovery, Endeavour and Atlantis shuttles) throughout 2011, SpaceX stepped in as the first private company to ship supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).
SpaceX flew its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS
for the first time back in May
for a test supply run. After that successful trip, SpaceX and NASA signed a $1.6 billion contract that allows SpaceX to complete 12 supply trips to the ISS and back.
On October 7, SpaceX made its first official supply run as part of that contract. It
arrived October 10
. The mission was a success.
Dragon is due to make its second run in January 2013. SpaceX is also looking to send the first manned Dragon capsule to the ISS somewhere between 2015 and 2017.
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RE: space elevator
1/1/2013 2:13:31 PM
A Space Elevator is nice, if you don't mind a slow ride through the VanAllen belts to get to geostationary (and by definition, zero-degree inclination) orbit...whether that's the orbit you wanted or not. Not everyone does. (and you can't get off at a lower point and be in orbit there, unless you can make up the necessary horizontal velocity yourself)
And it's a stationary potential impact target for
other kind of orbit...
I believe Space Elevators will one day prove physically possible...but never practical.
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