SpaceX Grasshopper Leaps with 2 Meter Cowboy

“To provide a little perspective on the size of Grasshopper, we added a 6 ft cowboy to the rocket” tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

On December 17, SpaceX conducted a test flight of its reusable vertical takeoff, vertical landing rocket Grasshopper. The 12 story pin-straight test was enlivened by the addition of a 6 ft (2 m) cowboy. The cowboy – a model, naturally – was provided for scale, according to a tweet from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, although one imagines the Texans at the McGregor SpaceX facility were also having themselves a bit of fun.


 Watch the test flight below:


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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, I now enjoy reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. I lead a fantastic all-volunteer staff as Managing Editor of Space Safety Magazine and keep my pencil sharp as Proposal & Publication Manager for INNOVIM, a NASA/NOAA contractor. In my spare time, you’ll find me advocating for greater appreciation of the International Space Station, supporting International Space University projects, and every so often, reading a book.