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Great footage of the SpaceX reusable rocket

This footage released by SpaceX shows the first test flight of the Falcon 9 reusable (F9R) rocket prototype. The video was recorded using a drone and shows the rocket taking off from its launch pad, rising to 820 feet, hovering, and landing safely back at its test facility in Texas.

The F9R testing program is SpaceX’s next step toward reusable rockets. Testing will continue in New Mexico where they will be testing at higher altitudes, testing unpowered guidance, and more flight like landing.

[YouTube] [H/t Sploid]


Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.



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