SpaceX Grasshopper’s test flight, and return to launch pad.
The test demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to perform “more aggressive steering maneuvers” than on previous flights – but for me, it’s all about the landing!
On August 13th, the Falcon 9 test rig (code name Grasshopper) completed a divert test, flying to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad.
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SPACEX AWARDED LAUNCH OF GERMAN RADAR RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITE
Elon Musk’s SpaceX have won a contract to launch Germany’s second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system. The satellites themeselves, made by OHB System AG and Astrium GmbH, will replace the current constellation and will be delivered to orbit by two Falcon 9 rockets in 2018 and 2019.
OHB will build two passive-antenna synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, and Astrium GmbH will build a larger, phased-array-antenna satellite under contract for OHB. The three-satellite constellation will replace the current OHB-built five-satellite SAR-Lupe constellation.
SpaceX Press Release: SpaceX awarded launch of German radar reconnaissance satellite system : Aug 8-2013