SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket has successful vertical landing from space.
According to SpaceX the Falcon 9 (Grasshopper) first stage from the recent ISS mission touched down softly during a vertical landing but is not recoverable due to high seas.
CEO and Chief Designer at SpaceX, Elon Musk, Tweeted
Flight computers continued transmitting for 8 seconds after reaching the water. Stopped when booster went horizontal.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2014
Spaceflightinsider.com reported that SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell stated, “Yes, we’ve found it.”
“So we had extraordinary results from the recovery effort, or I should say the re-usability effort on Friday. We did bring the first stage back from its suborbital trajectory. It did land softly, near zero velocity – and then it hit very rough seas – while we were going out trying to recover it.”
Gwynne Shotwell continued, “So we are not likely, I don’t believe we are going to recover the stage – but we do have the data that we had a near zero (velocity) landing – which is really a great step forward.
Actually, not just for SpaceX and the recovery feats that we are trying to accomplish but to help us learn more about our systems. It’s always better to bring the system back after you used it and examine it to make it safer and more reliable. But actually, that demonstrated that we can do this work and in partnership with the raptor testing that we are going to be doing here – maybe that thirteen-to-fifteen timeline to Mars can be shortened a bit.”
Shotwell: “I think we have some video. We didn’t have any real-time telemetry and video, so I haven’t seen it yet, I haven’t been back in the office.”
We will keep you updated if any video is released of the recovery and/or landing of the Falcon 9 rocket.