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!