SPACEX FLIES HIGHER WITH TEST 2 OF THE F9R.
Here’s the video of SpaceX’s “Test 2” of the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) which is the next step in the road paved by their Grasshopper program. The F9R is basically a Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage. The test took place on May 2, 2014 at the McGregor Proving Grounds, McGregor, TX.
The test lifted off with landing legs already affixed in the landing position to a height of around 1000 m, which quadrupled the height of 250 m. set 2 weeks ago. It then comes to a hover before descending and landing vertically directly next to the launch pad.
Future tests will take place at Spaceport America in New Mexico where they are permitted to fly higher, further and to do more with unpowered guidance to make testing more actual flight-like.
Video from SpaceX’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/spacexchannel
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Spaceport America: http://spaceportamerica.com/