Four and a half foot boosted hop, rocket throttle flight, 27 January 2010

Here's the first Masten Space "boosted hop", where the rocket has strong acceleration, a parabolic coast phase over the top, and another strong acceleration for landing. You can see when the engine throttles up because the plume gets larger and the mach diamonds get farther apart. This was the first attempt at a boosted hop, which is why we kept it short and on the tether. The tether to the forklift keep the vehicle safe if it needs to shut down the engine unexpectedly. The forklift weighs 20900lb, and can easily hold the 710lb rocket. www.masten-space.com

Author bbrockert
Duration 23 seconds
Rating Best

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