SpaceX has released video footage of the most challenging flight to date of its Grasshopper reusable rocket prototype. This flight ascended over 2,400 feet, then returned safely to its launch pad. It was filmed by a Hexacopter multirotor UAV flying at about 2,000 feet – you can see one of its rotors in some of the shots.
I recommend watching the video in full-screen mode.
That’s pretty impressive! Congratulations to SpaceX on achieving more than any previous company in this regard.
I understand a larger version of the Grasshopper is under development, which will be capable of much greater performance. I’m looking forward to seeing it in the air.