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.
Full screen, volume up! This is SpaceX’s Grasshopper on June 14, 2013, using its state of navigation capabilities to execute a precision hover and landing sequence:
Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up on atmosphere reentry, SpaceX rockets are being designed not only to withstand reentry, but also to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing. The Grasshopper VTVL vehicle represents a critical step towards this goal.
According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, this highly-controllable, reusable rocket technology could significantly cut-costs in space travel.
Previously: Grasshopper’s December 2012 test launch from a camera *on* the rocket.
via Bad Astronomy.
A character in a moment, one created each day for 30 consecutive days, animated as an exercise of skill and imagination by UK-based animator Geoff King. He writes:
It was difficult to even think of what to animate most days. I spent a few hours on average for each day, sometimes it felt like all day. I originally intended to do them quicker but they usually didn’t get going till the late evening. This also meant all the days where only ‘first passes’ or ‘straight aheads’. After the first 5 days I realised I should try to maintain a reasonable quality. It wasn’t easy, a lot of time was spent hitting a wall but I had fun trying something different everyday.
30 Days is also a nice example of how a sketch can connect with its audience with motion and emotion in only a few seconds. No dialog required. Music: Le bal de Rémy by Circus Marcus.
Related watching: One second (or so) per day for a 2-months in Asia.
via The Curious Brain.