Watch: Prototype Rocket Takes Off, Lands Vertically

Climbs to over 1066 feet

The Grasshopper     Photo: Courtesy SpaceX

SpaceX has carried out its first "full navigation" launch of the reusable Grasshopper rocket. Compared to most rockets, which burn up on reentry, the 10-story-tall Grasshopper can withstand reentry and land back vertically on its launch pad.

In the first test of its navigation system, the Grasshopper took off and flew more than 1066 feet into the air—higher than the Chrysler Building—before landing back on its launch pad.

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