Drone captures SpaceX Grasshopper hitting 2,400 feet
A hexacopter filmed the rocket from above -- then below -- when it hit a new all-time high.
SpaceX's Grasshopper rocket never fails to astound. It's either taking off and landing, or moving in midair.
This makes for great video, especially when there's a startled herd of cattle in the foreground.
For its latest feat, though, the Grasshopper has risen to a new high of 2,440 feet while being filmed closer than ever before -- by a.
As the spectacular vid below shows, the reusable, 10-story-tall Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle looks even more awesome taking off when viewed from above.
The six-propeller hexacopter provides a drone's-eye-view of the launch, viewing it from above and then below as the stage soared to its maximum altitude.
It hovered as the Falcon 9 test rig gently descended back toward the launchpad.
The flight was perhaps not as eye-popping as Grasshopper's recent, but pretty darn cool when viewed from a drone camera.
Of course, the Grasshopper can alsofor more than 30 seconds before returning safely to the ground.
Check out this gravity-defying rocket in the vid below.