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Reusable Rocket Passes Test With Flying Colors

SpaceX`s Grasshopper rocket looks like something off the cover of a 1950s sci-fi magazine.

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Reusable Rocket Passes Test With Flying Colors. SpaceX`s Grasshopper rocket looks like something off the cover of a 1950s sci-fi magazine.
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Hits: 4644 | Favorites: 1 | Emailed: 0 | Rating: 3.2 | Category: Science | Date: 05/07/2013
 
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OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13537 Posts
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 11:34:28 PM
That's the way a REAL rocket ship should take off and land!

drips
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 879 Posts
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 8:36:20 PM
Cool beans.

To me it looks like an incredible engineering feat that flexes the great rocket control systems they have developed. I wonder about the ultimate utility though because there's a big difference between going up and hitting several hundred(?) miles per hour and floating back down, and getting to orbital velocities and trying to reorient a big tube to come in on a vertical descent. So says the I-A-Ber, the smartest folks in the land.

gary8162
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 805 Posts
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:22:14 PM
What's the big deal? It`s not rocket sci......nevermind.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:29:04 PM

The tail rocket landing is for the moon or other airless planets. To return to earth you just attach wings for more fuel economy. Save the fuel to push the payload UP to space.

I'm glad to see space privatized. The only way we`ll get passenger service up there is for profit. The guv`ment don`t care about sending us.




jinxjinx34
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 166 Posts
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:46:33 PM
It takes out a bird at lift-off @ around the 10 sec mark. You see it enter at the bottom of the screen and gets taken out as the rocket ignites.

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