I love how all the Youtube comments are people saying "SHOPPED."

Grasshopper 744m Test

On Monday, October 7th, Grasshopper completed its highest leap to date, rising to 744m altitude. The view above is taken from a single camera hexacopter, getting closer to the stage than in any previous flight.

Previously, previously, previously.

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14 Responses:

  1. bode says:

    Next thing you know someone will claim we landed on the moon! For the lulz, qft, of course.

  2. HEXACOPTER! Because quadrotors are so passé.

  3. We will see when it delivers a package to the ISS

  4. Ben says:

    Here's the one I did to 318m three years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKfnhjdE2wY (sound is kind annoying at the start, but gets interesting later).

    The video of this flight is what prompted Elon to start the Grasshopper program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqm48D5WZ6A

  5. Rae Deslich says:

    I just designed two video game commercials, and Reddit is full of uppity nerds being like "Oh it's GOTTA be CG. I can tell because of the pixels" about the floor, table, chair, hero prop that moves, and even the actress. Which, like, hey, if that was CG, then I was getting paid to make nuthin'.

  6. phuzz says:

    I got the impression they might not have planned on it getting so close to the camera drone on the way down.

    • Ben says:

      The drone was flying toward Grasshopper, the rocket just went up and down. It's 106 feet tall, so it looks rather closer than it actually is.

  7. Cheshire Noir says:

    Watching it the first time I got a real "Whoa it really does look like CGI" feeling from it, knowing full well it was real.

    "Television is Reality and Reality is less than Television" - Brian O'Blivion

  8. jwb says:

    I love this tech but I don't get the allure of shooting it to marginally higher altitudes. I'm willing to stipulate to the claim that it can land like that from arbitrary heights.