Pasadena, Calif. – Space Exploration Technologies ( SpaceX ) is negotiating with the FAA to allow the Grasshopper reusable launch test vehicle to fly at higher altitudes as part of a planned series of launch and landing evaluations. The Grasshopper test vehicle is “a small prototype testbed for an RLV” says Brian Bjelde, director, product and mission management at SpaceX . Speaking at AIAA Space 2012 here, Bjelde says that following initial static test fire tests, the 106-ft.-tall ...

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