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On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest leap to date of 744 meters. The view of the launch was taken from a single camera hexacopter, the closest video that’s been shot of the rocket to date..
Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up on atmosphere reentry, SpaceX rockets are being designed not only to withstand reentry, but also to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing. The Grasshopper VTVL vehicle represents a critical step towards this goal.