Oct. 15 - Private US space technology company, SpaceX says it has completed another successful test of its Grasshopper reusable rocket system, this time launching it to an altitude of 744 meters. Footage of the October 7 launch illustrates a spectacular new milestone for the technology and its potential for lower cost missions into space. Ben Gruber reports.
It was the latest in a series of launches by private space technology company, SpaceX, aimed at testing the feasibility of reusable rocket technology. Called Grasshopper, the prototype has flown higher with each launch. Conventional rockets are designed for one time use, but in a bid to boost the private space industry, Space X is looking to cut costs with multiple-use rockets that can carry payloads into space and return safely back to the launch pad on Earth. This latest test saw Grasshopper reach a record-breaking altitude of 744 metres, before beginning what would become its final descent. Space X is now working on a bigger and more powerful prototype. Eventually the company wants to offer a reliable, reusable rocket launching system to clients wishing to carry payloads into space more efficiently and at lower cost than ever before.