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SpaceX Grasshopper Performs Divert Test

By Marc Boucher
August 14, 2013
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SpaceX Grasshopper Performs Divert Test
SpaceX Grasshopper in flight.

SpaceX completed what appears to be a successful divert test yesterday of its Falcon 9 Test Rig, code named Grasshopper.
According to SpaceX the Grasshopper flew to a height of 250 meters with a 100 meter lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. Grasshopper is is taller than a ten story building.

SpaceX said the “test demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to perform more aggressive steering maneuvers than have been attempted in previous flights.”

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