MCGREGOR (March 10, 2013)—A test of the SpaceX reusable vertical takeoff and landing vehicle dubbed the Grasshopper produced the highest leap to date, doubling the results of previous tests Saturday in McGregor.
The Grasshopper rose more than 260 feet Saturday, hovered for 34 seconds and then landed safely.
“Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the center-most part of the launch pad,” the company said in a press release.
The Grasshopper is part of the company’s effort to develop reusable rockets.
“With Grasshopper, SpaceX engineers are testing the technology that would enable a launched rocket to land intact, rather than burning up upon reentry to the Earth’s atmosphere,” the company said.
The test Saturday was the fourth flight of the 10-story-tall Grasshopper, which rose 8 feet in September 2012, nearly 18 feet in November and 131 feet in December.