Update: Launch was aborted 48 seconds before ignition.
SpaceX is continuing to test its vertical takeoff and vertical landing rocket, Grasshopper, with small hops to test the rocket guidance and landing technology needed to return a rocket to Earth in exactly the way it slipped the surly bonds of our planet.
SpaceX successfully launched a new, upgraded Falcon 9 rocket with 60 percent more powerful engines yesterday. The demonstration flight appeared to go off without a hitch, as the rocket reached a speed of 5 kilometers/second and an altitude of 310 kilometers within five minutes of launch.
The Falcon 9 rocket is a big part of SpaceX’s roadmap to put people in space on commercial flights. And it’s dang magestic-looking, too.
SpaceX’s second big launch successfully took flight Sunday, with Falcon 9 rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station. But this flight was bumpier than last, with one of the engines failing mid-flight.