VIDEO: Space X tests reusable rocket Grasshopper

4:00 PM, Dec 25, 2012   |    comments
Space X sucessfully test launches reusable rocket, the Grasshopper
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HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California-based space company has successfully tested a reusable rocket it hopes will make it cheaper to go into space.

The Torrance Daily Breeze says Hawthorne-based SpaceX released a video on Monday showing the test of its Grasshopper rocket.

During a 29-second flight on Dec. 17, Grasshopper blasted 131 feet into the air from a pad in McGregor, Texas. The 10-story-tall cylinder hovered momentarily and then landed safely.

Earlier this year, a SpaceX rocket sent a capsule full of cargo zipping toward the International Space Station in a first-of-its-kind delivery for NASA. But the rocket failed in a second mission to put a commercial satellite into the correct orbit.

Video of launch:

The Associated Press

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