Elon Musk has released a new video of his SpaceX reusable rocket, the video shows the second test flight of the Falcon 9-R, and it travels to 1,000m.
After the SpaceX Reusable Rocket reaches 1,000m, it then descends safely back to earth, and lands, this is the rockets highest test flight to date, and four times higher than its previous flight.
The F9R testing program is the next step towards reusability following completion of the Grasshopper program last year. Future testing, including that in New Mexico, will be conducted using the first stage of a F9R as shown here, which is essentially a Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage with legs. F9R test flights in New Mexico will allow us to test at higher altitudes than we are permitted for at our test site in Texas, to do more with unpowered guidance and to prove out landing cases that are more-flight like.
At the moment, when the SpaceX takes of, it has its legs fixed in the down position, these are then used for landing, but future flights will have the legs stowed away during take off, and they will then be deployed for landing.
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