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SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket takes off, hovers, then lands.
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
16924 posts
this is some cool s***.

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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Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
10005 posts
Love Johnny Cash ...
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sLaps_Forehead
Brisbane, Queensland
6346 posts

nice space phallus
10:12pm 23/04/13 Permalink
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
10915 posts
Very f*****g impressive.
10:17pm 23/04/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
19801 posts
How could they ever retain enough fuel to slow the vehicle down on re-entry...
10:22pm 23/04/13 Permalink
Linker
Brisbane, Queensland
1758 posts
Awesome, it's great to live in an age where this s*** is so casually filmed and shared.

If anyone likes watching space related tests like this, check out the doco When We Left Earth for heaps of cool experimental tests NASA did before they sent men into space.
10:41pm 23/04/13 Permalink
3x0dus
Townsville, Queensland
1746 posts
I imagine it would parachute a good portion of the way back down, then use rockets to control the final descent this saving fuel~~~
10:44pm 23/04/13 Permalink
shad
Brisbane, Queensland
3936 posts
I was wondering how they were going to deliver your mothers dildo.
11:02pm 23/04/13 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21750 posts
when are we going to have non fuel powered propulsion already? Give me anti matter, ion drives, a giant slingshot, ANYTHING ffs.
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maRtz
Brisbane, Queensland
3914 posts
I won't give a p*** about anything until what whoop posted happens..
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