Skip to comments.Video of 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing
Posted on 04/24/2013 8:12:01 PM PDT by rocky50
Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle that SpaceX has designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up in the atmosphere during reentry, SpaceX's rockets are being designed to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing.
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Shouldn't they be immediately taxed for this achievement?
Being based here, I’m sure they are.
“So rocket ship goes up about 1100 feet and then rocket ship comes back down. I guess I dont get it. What is the big deal about that?”
From an engineering standpoint, stability and engine throttling, that is incredible. Warnr von Braun would crap his pants if he saw that.
You just need funding!
Strange combustion jet...central high velocity core surrounded by tongues of lazy, fuel=rich flame at different locations. Wonder what accounts for that?
he’s a canard genius.
I would tend to agree with you but it was fun to watch.
I think you’re probably right. For the near future chemical rockets will probably continue to be used from ground to orbit. Someday maybe we will have sense enough to build an elevator to orbit. Or maybe a maglev system to launch into low earth orbit.
Wow, reminds me of the old ‘50s movies, “Rocket ship XM” and “Destination Moon”. They showed the rockets landing on their tail using the rocket motors to land gently. If this is the first stage it shouldn’t have to go all the way into orbit, depending on how they have it set up.
Burt Rutan is a genius, but the Grasshopper is being built by Elon Musk.
Is there a particular area in Africa from whence these 'AA' individuals hail, or is Africa in general a good place to be born if one aspires to rocketry ?
What ?? Not actually born in Africa ?
Then I fail to see either the accuracy or point of any conservative playing along with the divisive hyphenated-American meme.
Not trying to be confrontational, Moonman, but resistance to that particular absurdity could possibly start a ripple effect of language sanity.
Perhaps not likely, but possibly .. and if at least the possibility of it won't start with us, then where ?
While my ethnic mutt heritage is proudly Scots-Irish-English, I'm proudly American, period.
On that basis, neither melanin nor any other 'category' is determinative, only gratitude and loyalty.
And that's the point at which, logically & eventually, I believe our Founders were aiming.
Ok .. /morning rant ;-)
Elon Musk was born in South Africa. He's also white and a naturalized American citizen.
Regardless, partial information should be NO hinderance from launching a good rant in here.
Wasn't that clearly stated somewhere in our FR signup packets ?
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Yeah... though McDonald Douglas already did this close to twenty years ago with the DC-X. And that one could fly sideways too. Nowadays even amateur hobbyists are making their rockets hover.
Got me! Had no idea, don’t remember it.....
I’m an idiot...... ;-)
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