SpaceX has confirmed that it plans to begin vertical take-off and landing tests of a full scale Falcon 9 first stage.


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The competition heats up: SpaceX has confirmed that it plans to begin vertical take-off and landing tests of a full scale Falcon 9 first stage.

The tests would be in New Mexico’s spaceport, and are essentially a scaled up version of the Grasshopper tests the company has been doing in Texas. It appears they are going to do these ground-up tests in conjunction with attempts on each future Falcon 9 launch to land the first stage.

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  • Robert Clark

    Very cool. The rest of the orbital launch industry is being dragged into the 21st century whether they like it or not.

    Bob Clark

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