SpaceX Tests Rocket That Can Hover Like Helicopter

MCGREGOR, TX. (CNN) — The company SpaceX recently launched a successful test flight of its “Grasshopper” rocket, and released this video late Sunday.

After launch, it hovers in the air — and lands vertically and very softly instead of breaking up.

It has the potential to change space flight as we know it, and save a whole lot of money in the process, as a reusable rocket.

SpaceX has done previous Grasshopper test flights, but this one was a lot higher and lasted a lot longer.

Earlier this year, the private space flight company carried cargo to the International Space Station – and it hopes to take people there soon.

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10 comments

  • benwelgoed

    That may (?) make sense as an add-on to make rockets reusable, but one would hope this won't become the new helicopter format. Talking about wasting loads of energy.

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  • Milly Velardes

    At the International Space Station ISS repairs are often needed on the exterior, the problem is it is a lot of work to send out a manned space walk to do this. Astronauts need oxygen and they have the problems of human error. Yet if we use robots, well they do not complain, unless programmed too. Robots in fact could spend months to fix something, astronauts five day space walk missions are about all we can muster right now and if we cannot get it done in time, imagine the cost for another launch. What about Fatigue factors, which take a toll on the organic components of the human body? Costs to send up a space crew to do repairs can be millions if not billions of dollars.,

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