Like God and Robert Heinlein intended…July 5, 2012
Masten Space Systems in the Mojave is working on vertical takeoff and landing suborbital rockets. Yesterday they flew to 444 meters.
I swear the landing looks like the launch run backward. That’s smooth!
And the post title? EDIT to correct original post: As Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr., has indicated in the comments, it was he who coined the phrase, talking about rockets that landed vertically. My apologies to Dr. Andrews for the misquote. Apparently the June 1993 issue of ANALOG magazine is still available from one seller, used, on Amazon at this link. In it you will find Dr. Andrews’ article, “Single Stage to Infinity!”