SpaceX has completed the first vertical flight of the Falcon 9R landing test rocket.


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The competition heats up: SpaceX has successfully completed the first vertical flight of the Falcon 9R landing test rocket.

Reports have been confirmed that SpaceX’s Falcon 9-R development vehicle made its first free flight today at McGregor — taking off, hovering, moving sideways and landing.

Falcon 9R is the successor to Grasshopper, carrying more engines to more accurately simulate a Falcon 9 first stage.

Meanwhile, today’s launch of Dragon and the second attempt to bring the first stage back to Earth in a controlled manner remains iffy because of weather.

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  • Don

    Successful liftoff, played live on ‘The Savage Nation’. Though Michael Savage is wrong about this, he seems unaware that this is done far more cheaply than NASA can do it. Perhaps someone can get in contact with him and let him in on this fact?

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