Well done, grasshopper.October 14, 2013
The SpaceX Grasshopper, which I’ve talked about before, is a testbed for the soft-landing technologies they are developing to land a spent Falcon 9 first stage so that it can be reused. They’ve been working on this for quite some time, and it looks from this video that the launch and landing procedures are getting pretty smooth. What is particularly cool in this case is how close the hexacopter gets to the ‘hopper. That shows confidence in the operator that the Grasshopper is not going to make any sudden moves!
There are rumors out there that SpaceX may try to safely bring back the first stage on the next flight.