SpaceX‘s Grasshopper the vertical and takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle, rose 80 meters – 262 feet (the first time rose 131 feet), hovered for 34 seconds and then landed safely, on March 7, 2013. Images © Space X. Watch the video…
Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 first stage and is 33.5 meters tall (110 feet).
Since the video includes Johnny Cash’s song, “Ring of Fire,” a cowboy dummy was strapped to the side of the SpaceX’s Grasshopper.
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