By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
Earlier this year, the private company SpaceX – founded by super inventor Elon Musk – successfully flew a self-landing rocket called the Grasshopper. I know it doesn’t seem like very big news, but this means that SpaceX got one step closer to making a reusable rocket!
Having a rocket that can launch from, and land in the same spot over and over, would make going into space a much cheaper event, but it’s never been done before. However, with the successful flight from SpaceX’s latest version of the Falcon 9, a reusable rocket may finally be here.
The new Falcon 9 has bigger and stronger rockets compared to previous models (which were already impressive) and 9 engines to propel it quickly into space. The technology from this rocket, mixed with that from the Grasshopper, definitely provides SpaceX with everything they need so that their spacecrafts go to the next level.
In the words of Elon Musk, “between this flight [and] Grasshopper tests, I think we now have all the pieces of the puzzle to bring the rocket back home.” Hopefully, if the rockets become cheap and reusable enough, then SpaceX can help fly people to the Moon on a regular basis!
Images and video courtesy of SpaceX.