SPACEX THIRD TEST OF THE F9R REUSABLE; THIS TIME 1000m WITH STEERABLE FLAPS
Here’s the video of SpaceX’s “Test 3” 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 June 17, 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 1000m, which is about the same as “Test 2” and quadrupled the height of 250m set during “Test 1” in April. It then comes to a hover and four steerable fins open at the top of the stage to assist with landing stability and maneuvering before descending and landing vertically back onto 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 channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/spacexchannel
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Spaceport America: http://spaceportamerica.com/