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The Grasshopper lifted to 24 stories (262.8 feet) off the ground

SpaceX took its reusable Grasshopper rocket for another hop last week at the South by Southwest festival in Texas.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk was there to demonstrate the Grasshopper's fourth test flight, which was twice as high as the reusable rocket has ever gone in previous demonstrations.

"Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate thus far on the centermost part of the launch pad," said SpaceX. "At touchdown, the thrust-to-weight ratio of the vehicle was greater than one, proving a key landing algorithm for Falcon 9."

The Grasshopper lifted to 24 stories (262.8 feet) off the ground, hovered for about 34 seconds and then landed safely back on the ground.

The Grasshopper 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.

The reusable rocket was tested in September, November, December and last week Thursday.

Check out this video of Thursday's demonstration:

Source: NBC News

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RE: amazing
By GotThumbs on 3/12/2013 9:56:41 AM , Rating: 2
Wow! Talk about having it wrong. You must be gulping the cool-aid.

The government's problem is they NEVER worry about costs, because they don't have to deal with investors or the drying up of investment money, so there's zero effort in operational efficiencies.

If it were not for the guaranteed revenues the government knows it will get and if it needs more....just raise tax rates, then the government would be a bankrupt business itself. If already can't support its wasteful spending.

People who have never run a business always like to blame the "rich", but there are many business owners who are not wealthy, but are able to build/run a profitable business. Not as many now-a-days due to the government trying to put the task of supporting all the out of work/lazy asses that have been on unemployment for multiple years.

A man takes responsibility...and child blames others. Obama is an adult child IMO.

Best wishes on taking care of your self.

RE: amazing
By GotThumbs on 3/12/2013 10:01:24 AM , Rating: 2
No offense to those who are truly trying to get back to work and being self-sufficient. Also, those who are truly disabled and unable to find work.

Problem is...there are way more people who could work, but choose to take the easy route...and they know who they are.

Best wishes for those trying to be self-supportive.

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