SpaceX 'Grasshopper' Test Brings Us One Step Closer To Resuable Spaceships, Banging Aliens On The Cheap

March 13, 2013


This is a video of private space exploration company SpaceX successfully testing their Grasshopper vertical take off and landing (VTVL) vehicle. The Grasshopper was designed to be a rapidly reusable spacecraft so that, one day soon, we'll all be able to know what space feels like. SPOILER: Creepy and dark. Still -- you get to float.

On Thursday, March 7, 2013, SpaceX's Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 80.1 meters (262.8 feet), hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the centermost part of the launch pad.

Grasshopper, SpaceX's vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle, continues SpaceX's work toward one of its key goals - developing fully and rapidly reusable rockets, a feat that will transform space exploration by radically reducing its cost. With Grasshopper, SpaceX engineers are testing the technology that would enable a launched rocket to land intact, rather than burning up upon reentry to the Earth's atmosphere.

By a show of hands, how many of you actually think you'd be able to handle the intensity and claustrophobia of traveling to space? Because I struggle even in my car. You'd have to cryogenically freeze me to get me into space, and as soon as you thawed me I'd either have a heart attack or murder everyone on the ship. Just don't go repeating that to the folks at the Mission to Mars thing , because I totally signed up for that.

Hit the jump for a video of the rocket test, which may or may yes have a cowboy mannequin strapped to it to give you a sense of scale (the rocket is 10-stories tall).

Thanks to brumbee, Alan and thrashbot (not cool), who told me if we could make a rubberband big enough we could just slingshot people into space and I believe them and included it in a science report for school and then they all laughed at me when I got a D-.

  • FAKE!!!!

    This is a complete photroshop job. You can tell its a fake becauise the shadow's are all wrong.

    This is exactly like that scene ion the movie Never Back Down where Max and Baja were in the rocket, and the computrer shot them into space because it liked them.

  • Epic


  • n_a_a_s

    Well if something goes wrong after takeoff & it crashes somewhere out in some field, at least they can say it was named appropriately

  • James Phillips


  • SilverX2

    i don't understand how this is going to work with regards to launching into space. Rockets normally end up going at an angle, and will be much larger then this in order to create enough lift to break into orbit.

    What they need to do is create something that can hit 70,000 feet, release the shuttle, and then land again.

  • Vladplaya

    Rocket goes up, NOPE, rocket goes down.

  • $45593800

    260feet tall space dildo

    that was the first thing that crossed my mind when seeing this picture.

  • Just don't go repeating that to the folks at the Mission to Mars thing , because I totally signed up for that. ... http://www.Makingover68doll...

  • Wyatt

    That was a freaky shot at the end where that guy with a cowboy hat is just standing on it! Was he along for the ride?? I had to go back a watch it again!!

  • It's an old tradition, son! ;)

  • Closet Nerd

    Thanks to Stanley Kubrick
    .....just sayin

  • Closet Nerd

    Just like re-usable condoms
    ....just sayin

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