Science, not fiction: New rocket hovers like helicopter

December 25, 2012 2:04:36 PM PST
It's not fiction, it's science -- a rocket that hovers like a helicopter!

The company SpaceX recently launched a successful test flight of its "Grasshopper" rocket, and released a video of it late Sunday.

After launch, it hovers in the air and lands vertically and very softly instead of breaking up.

This new aircraft has the potential to change space flight as we know it, and save a whole lot of money in the process, as a reusable rocket.

SpaceX has done previous Grasshopper test flights, but this one was a lot higher and lasted a lot longer.

Earlier this year, the private space flight company carried cargo to the International Space Station, and it hopes to take people there soon.


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