March 11th, 2013
04:15 PM ET

Rocket leaps 24 stories, lands intact

When it comes to building and testing reusable rockets, innovative SpaceX is hopping along with an experimental vehicle called Grasshopper.

The commercial spaceflight company demonstrated that Grasshopper could land intact as part of a test series on Thursday in McGregor, Texas, a small town southwest of Waco.

This was the fourth try for the rocket, which stands 10 stories tall, and it successfully doubled its highest leap to date, rising 24 stories or 80.1 meters.

The prototype hovered for about 34 seconds and landed safely, making it easier and easier to imagine a future where a spacecraft doesn’t burn up when it re-enters Earth's atmosphere.

This is one small step for Grasshopper, one giant leap for space exploration’s pocketbook.

Check out the recently released video above to see the successful launch and landing.

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  1. edmond haskell

    If you think Mary`s story is really great,, last week my brothers father in law made $4761 grafting a twelve hour week from their apartment and they're buddy's sister-in-law`s neighbour done this for 8-months and got paid over $4761 part-time On their laptop. the tips at this website............ BIT40. ℂOℳ

    March 14, 2013 at 5:02 am |
  2. Dr. Knowledge

    It's a bouncy rocket. Cool.

    March 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm |

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