SpaceX Grasshopper v1.0 on its Texan launch site (Photo: SpaceX)
Final launch of SpaceX Grasshopper v1.0 test bed for reusable Falcon 9 first stage (Photo: SpaceX)
SpaceX made another successful Grasshopper flight last week, which was also the last flight for Grasshopper v1.0. Its swan song lasted some 80 seconds, during which time Grasshopper reached an altitude of 744 meters (nearly half a mile), more than twice the previous record. Grasshopper v1.1 is well along the road to flight tests.
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