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Friday, July 13, 2012

SpaceX Readies Test of "Grasshopper"

SpaceX's Grasshopper testbed for a reusable rocket booster could fly soon from the company's McGregor, Texas test facility on a short hop designed to demonstrate its ability to take off and land under thrust on a launch pad, reports Spaceflight Now.

"We're hoping to do short hops at some point in the next couple of months, and then in terms of higher flights, I'm hopefully we can go supersonic before the end of the year," noted Elon Musk, the owner of the privately held SpaceX last month. "That's not a prediction. That's an aspiration."

Musk spoke last year at the National Press Club in Washington about the importance of trying to build the first reusable rocket in the world.
Musk sees the project as a means to significantly change the economics of access to orbit but does not suggest it will be easy. Nonetheless, SpaceX is determined to try to succeed.

1 comment:

RenataH said...

Sweet. Musk is covering his product line bases. Go SpaceX!