April 23, 2013

Space X Grashopper on a Quite Breezy Day

One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes brings news of reusable launch vehicles from Texas. Space-X has, for some time been testing their launcher recovery system. We mentioned it in passing here.

This particular test is interesting because not only does it have accompaniment by Johhny Cash, it also took place on a very windy day, indicating that this really may be doable. Future launches will take place at White Sands Missile Range and aim for incrementally greater altitudes and speeds. Subsequent test rigs will be retracting their legs and it is planned late this year or early next to have the thing go hypersonic before returning!


Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 08:53 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 As a fan of Kerbal Space Program, the lack of an Earth-shattering kaboom at the end was rather jarring.

But in a good way.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue Apr 23 22:20:18 2013 (PiXy!)

2 A Rocket that lands on its tail!  As God and Robert Heinlein said they should.

Posted by: Mauser at Wed Apr 24 04:56:38 2013 (cZPoz)

3 "Clear skies!"
"And hot jets."

That's one brave camera helicopter operator.  If that rocket went "kablammo" whilst hovering, it'd be just as good as a SAM.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wed Apr 24 23:41:34 2013 (9jITs)

4 "A Rocket that lands on its tail!  As God and Robert Heinlein said they should."

...but you repeat yourself.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wed Apr 24 23:42:32 2013 (9jITs)

5 It's a robot helicopter. Elon twitted that they used a hexacopter drone to carry the camera.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu Apr 25 13:24:51 2013 (RqRa5)

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