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Video: Elon Musk's Grasshopper Rocket Soars To Its Highest Elevation
Elon Musk is the Rocket Man. He has been working closely with his company SpaceX on building a reusable rocket to deliver cargo into outer space. SpaceX released a breathtaking video taken by a single camera hexacopter, which demonstrated the highest launch the nearly ten-story-high Grasshopper test rocket has made: a whopping 744 meters (about 2,500 feet).
"The SpaceX Grasshopper rocket is a reusable, vertical launching and landing craft--which means it's meant to take off while standing upright, then be able to return to that upright position when landing," reports Business Insider.
It's a milestone for Musk since just last month, his team released a video showing the Grasshopper leaping 300 feet, flying vertically and landing back in its original spot in 73 seconds. "I think we now have all the pieces of the puzzle to bring the rocket back home," said Musk, as reported by The Verge.
Musk hopes to use the reusable Grasshopper technology in the Falcon 9 rockets that are already shipping cargo to the International Space Station. According to Parabolic Arc, he plans to do an actual Falcon 9 water landing test later this year.