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SpaceX Grasshopper

Imagine you threw away the jet after each flight. Flying would be expensive and impractical for most common applications. Same with rockets. To lower cost another 100x, they need to be fully reusable.

 

This Grasshopper is a software testing rig, for tuning the flight control algorithms. It will begin with simple hops across the landscape.

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Taken on September 7, 2012