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SpaceX Grasshopper Half Mile Test Launch
2013-10-14 11:22:08

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper’s Half-Mile Test Flight ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX's Grasshopper vehicle keeps making leaps and bounds, with its latest test taking it nearly a half-mile into the sky. The Grasshopper is a modified Falcon 9 rocket designed to both take off and land vertically. SpaceX has been testing out its new launch vehicle one step at a time by slowly launching it higher and higher to see whether it can maintain stability as it gets...

SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Completes Lateral Maneuver
2013-08-15 04:45:49

[ Watch the Video: SpaceX Reusable Rocket Jumps Another Hurdle ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online SpaceX’s Grasshopper reusable rocket took another step forward earlier this week, successfully completing a “divert test” which saw the vehicle reach an altitude of 250 meters before executing a 100-meter lateral maneuver, the company announced on Wednesday. According to CNET’s Daniel Terdiman, the Falcon 9 test rig took off and reached heights of 820.2...

SpaceX Grasshopper Reaches New Heights
2013-07-07 05:20:35

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper 325m Test | Single Camera ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online SpaceX's Grasshopper reusable rocket soared more than 1,000 feet into the air before making a safe and smooth landing back on its launch pad during its most recent flight, officials from the Hawthorne, California-based space transportation company have revealed. During the June 14 test flight, the rocket lifted off from its launch pad in McGregor, Texas and went on to...

Spaceport America Gets A New Tenant
2013-05-08 04:24:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced on Tuesday that SpaceX has signed a three-year agreement to use Spaceport America for flight testing. According to a Spaceport America statement, SpaceX will be leasing land and facilities at the New Mexico site to conduct the next phase of flight testing for its reusable rocket program. “I am thrilled that SpaceX has chosen to make New Mexico its home, bringing their revolutionary...

SpaceX Grasshopper Makes Another Successful Jump
2013-04-24 04:52:56

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper 250m Test | Ring of Fire ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX, a private space transportation company, announced the fifth successful flight trial of its Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) Vehicle. Grasshopper flew 820 feet straight up, hovered in place while holding against the wind, and then returned to the launch pad. According to a Universe Today report, the 10-story Grasshopper was designed by SpaceX to...

Masten's Xombie With Genie Payload Makes Highest, Longest Flight To Date
2013-03-30 08:42:44

NASA A rocket-powered, vertical-landing space-access technology demonstrator reached its highest altitude and furthest distance to date March 25 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif., using a developmental navigation system designed to land a space vehicle on other celestial bodies. Masten Space Systems´ XA-0.1B “Xombie” suborbital rocket lifted off the launch pad for an 80-second flight while being controlled by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory´s...

SpaceX's Grasshopper Still Making Big Leaps
2013-03-11 20:25:56

[ Watch the Video: Grasshopper Reaching New Heights ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online SpaceX, one of the best-known commercial space companies in the industry, is continuing to make strides with its new vertical space vehicle, Grasshopper. The company's Grasshopper spacecraft is a vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle meant to be reused so it can help dramatically reduce cost. Engineers have been testing the launch vehicle by performing "leaps," which...

2010-11-22 14:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Masten Space Systems and Space Florida announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent to explore performing demonstration launches of a Masten suborbital reusable launch vehicle from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "We have been looking at Florida as a launch option for some time now," stated Masten Founder and CEO Dave Masten. "We are excited to begin the process of determining if Launch Complex 36 is a good...

2010-08-31 08:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Masten Space Systems, a leader in vertical take off, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket vehicles, announced a contract today with NASA's new Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) program. The initial contract is for four flights of test payloads on Xaero, Masten's next-generation vehicle currently in assembly. "We're very excited and proud to be one of the first awardees under the CRuSR program," said David Masten, CEO. "CRuSR promises to be...

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2010-05-29 08:50:00

Two California companies have teamed up to develop new private, unmanned space vehicles that NASA could send to the moon, Mars and beyond. The companies are XCOR Aerospace, specializing in rocket engines, and Masten Space Systems. According to a joint announcement this week, the companies hope to combine their areas of expertise in anticipation of NASA-sponsored unmanned lander projects. President Barack Obama's new plan for NASA involves dumping the space shuttle program and substituting...


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