SpaceX Grasshopper test rocket flies 100 meters sideways

The Grasshopper test rocket of California-based space transport company SpaceX was able to successfully fly a hundred meters sideways.

SpaceX Grasshopper test rocket

The company —co-founded by former PayPal entrepreneur Elon Musk— said the Falcon 9 test rig completed a divert test on August 13.

The rocket (code name Grasshopper), which is taller than a 10-storey building, flew to a 250-meter altitude and made a 100-meter lateral maneuver before returning to the center of its launch pad.

“The test demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to perform more aggressive steering maneuvers than have been attempted in previous flights,” SpaceX posted.

Tuesday’s successful test was very significant as SpaceX faced challenging control problems in the past.

“Diverts like this are an important part of the trajectory in order to land the rocket precisely back at the launch site after reentering from space at hypersonic velocity,” the company explained.

The following video shows how the SpaceX Grasshopper test rocket landed smoothly. Watch this: