Dec 24 - Private space company Space X has successfully tested its reusable rocket technology. In a flight test conducted on December 17, the Grasshopper rocket managed to climb 40 metres and land safely back on the ground. Ben Gruber reports.
STORY: This rocket isn't taking off to orbit. Private space company Space X are testing what they call grasshopper - their reusable rocket technology. ...and grasshopper has passed the test with flying colours. The rocket took a 40 metres into the air at the company's development facility in McGregor, Texas, it then hovered and landed safely back on the launch pad. The 12-story flight marks a significant increase over the height and length of hover compared to Grasshopper's previous test flights, which took place earlier this fall. SpaceX engineers say tests of Grasshopper will continue with more sophisticated flights expected over the next several months.