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. After three years as Space Safety Magazine's deputy and then managing editor, I'm now an occasional contributor while I keep my pencil sharp as Proposal & Publication Manager for NASA/NOAA contractor INNOVIM. 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.