SpaceX Grasshopper rocket hops to new heights in Texas

It’s like a scene from a 1950s sci-fi feature: a rocket lifts off atop a searing tongue of flame, hovers and then touches down gently, kicking up billowing clouds of smoke. But this time the backdrop is not Mars – it’s Texas. In a real-life demo conducted on Saturday, a hovering rocket made by commercial space-flight wunderkind SpaceX climbed 80 metres, or 24 storeys, doubling the rocket’s previous reach into the sky

via Short Sharp Science: SpaceX Grasshopper rocket hops to new heights in Texas.

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