On October 7 SpaceX successfully flew and landed Grasshopper on its highest flight yet, 2440 feet.


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On October 7 SpaceX successfully flew and landed Grasshopper on its highest flight yet, 2440 feet.

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4 comments

  • America. Still home to the coolest tech in the world. And not just for the rocket, but for the commercially available camera drone that captured the flight.

  • Cotour

    COOL!

    Q: What was that uncontrolled flame that was burning to the side of the main engine as it came down? It appeared that something was burning on the rig.

  • Bob W

    That is probably the gas generator that drives the fuel pumps. More noticeable because the rocket is descending as opposed to ascending.

  • Tom Billings

    In particular, it was the fuel-rich exhaust from the gas generator powering the pumps. Making it fuel-rich allows for lower drive turbine temperatures and for a reducing atmosphere at the drive turbine blades, both of which contribute to a more reusable engine. That means, however, that when the exhaust is dumped overboard, it burns in any atmosphere around the rocket at the time.

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