If you think that Hyperloop is the only thing that Elon Musk has to talk about, then that’s a mistake. There is something more in the kitty of Elon Musk. It is the futuristic transportation pet project that has been progressing at a great pace.
What is it?
More realistic than the hypothetical project of Elon Musk, SpaceX’s 10-story tall Grasshopper has been showing different traits. But it appears that the Grasshopper nonplussed everyone recently in its flight.
It so happened, that the SpaceX's reusable, vertical landing, Grasshopper, made its way to the sideways and marked a milestone flight. Earlier, the rocket had flown to heights to touch the turf of 1,000 feet.
What did it do last night that surprised everybody? Well, it launched straight up roughly 800 feet, and listed 300 feet sideways, or laterally. It stood in the mid-air for some time. Then, the rocket landed on its original position.
What is the aim?
So, its latest maneuver exhibited the potential of a rocket that finally desires to perform a perfect vertical landing after a rocket comes back from space at the hypersonic speeds.
SpaceX anticipates utilizing Grasshopper technology on the Falcon 9 rockets. It plans to use the same for ferrying cargo into space and also treading towards the International Space Station.
This step can eventually turn out to be more cost-effective. These lateral motions on vertical landing craft have been displayed by a multitude of rockets before but it appears that something of the size of Grasshopper is more challenging to land. If one considers the human spaceflight history, rockets have not been reused.
Fleshing out the details, the company said, “The test demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to perform more aggressive steering maneuvers than have been attempted in previous flights”.
Why a reusable Rocket?
According to the developers, a reusable rocket is significant for making travel less expensive in the future. However, it is also important that the rocket comes back to its original turf.
Recent trajectory followed by the Grasshopper has been taken to be quite positive for the projects by the company.
One of the officials said, “Diverts like this are an important part of the trajectory in order to land the rocket precisely back at the launch site after reentering from space at hypersonic velocity.”