We watched the June 2013 Grasshopper test when it reached 325m, but this most recent SpaceX vertical takeoff vertical landing (VTVL) vehicle test more than doubled that height, and the close-up shot around the one minute mark is icing on the cake.
On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest leap to date, rising to 744m altitude. The view above is taken from a single camera hexacopter, getting closer to the stage than in any previous flight.
It’s hard to tell here, but don’t forget this incredible note: Grasshopper is ten stories tall.
In the archives: the reusable Grasshopper during its December 2012 test launch from a camera on the rocket.
“I can’t say there’s anything that I can’t do… just things that I haven’t done yet.” From ESPN and SportsCenter, the story of Richie Parker, engineer for NASCAR racing team Hendrick Motorsports.
Solar Bell, a kite-like wind sculpture made of lighter-than-air materials — carbon fiber tubing and paper-thin solar panels — by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno, in association with the Aerospace Engineering Faculty at TU Delft, The Netherlands.
The design of Solar Bell is based on a model of a modular tetrahedron, or four-sided pyramid, invented by Alexander Graham Bell during his early investigations into manned flight. Bell made important discoveries in the field of aviation and frame construction, and happened upon the strongest geometrical structure in the known cosmos—the octet truss—the same space frame that Buckminster Fuller later followed in his Geodesic dome. Saraceno breathes new life into Bell’s legacy by using the materials and knowledge of our time.