This six-second animation short is better than most studio movies

Screw the Grammys. The only thing I want to see tonight is this tiny short by Wayne Unten showing the imagined takeoff of Olivia Wright in 1903, "the first to pilot the great grasshoppers of North America." » 1/26/14 11:19pm 1/26/14 11:19pm

NASA's Morpheus Lander Completes Its First Explosion-Free Test Flight

We all have to crawl before we can walk, and NASA's Morpheus lander is no different—well, except for the fact that "crawl," in this case, actually means burst into a pile of flames. But all that's in the past, and NASA's taken to their YouTube and Instagram accounts to show off the absolutely stunning success of the… » 12/10/13 4:51pm 12/10/13 4:51pm

Watch the SpaceX Grasshopper Reach A New Record-Setting Height

In the past few months SpaceX's Grasshopper has done test runs that included jaunts to 250 and 325 meters above ground. The rocket has been regularly sticking its landings and has even done some side-to-side maneuvering. And now the Grasshopper has taken its biggest hop yet to 744 meters aka 2,441 feet aka almost… » 10/12/13 3:10pm 10/12/13 3:10pm

Watch the SpaceX Grasshopper Hop Into the Air and Fly Sideways

You've seen the SpaceX Grasshopper blast off, hover and land vertically. You've seen it fly higher than the Chrysler building and land vertically. Now you can see this innovative little rocket zoom 250 meters into the air and fly 100 meters sideways. You know what it does next? It lands vertically. » 8/14/13 12:13pm 8/14/13 12:13pm

SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Flies Higher than the Chrysler Building Now

SpaceX's reusable Grasshopper rocket is growing up. And up and up and up. It just set a new record for height, hovering at over 325 meters (1066 feet)—higher than Manhattan's Chrysler Building—and hovering there, before coming back down and landing on its launchpad safely. » 7/08/13 10:21am 7/08/13 10:21am

Watch SpaceX's Grasshopper Break Its Record For Taking Off and Landing…

Another day, another Johnny Cash-accompanied test of Elon Musk's SpaceX Grasshopper rocket—which is not to say this isn't exciting, because consistency is the name of the game for a commercial reusable rocket. Especially the Grasshopper, which can take off and land vertically. In this most recent test, the… » 4/23/13 9:33am 4/23/13 9:33am

Watch SpaceX's Grasshopper Hover 80 Meters In the Air

When we last saw SpaceX's Grasshopper, it had just finished a test flight that carried the vertical takeoff/landing rocket up to 40 meters. A couple months later, it's now hovering in at around 80 meters! Progress! And Johnny Cash! » 3/11/13 3:09pm 3/11/13 3:09pm

SpaceX's Grasshopper Rocket Takes Off and Lands Vertically and Can Also…

There's no doubt that the future of this country's space exploration lies in the hands of the private sector. And Elon Musk's SpaceX is clearly at the forefront and the company's reusable rocket, the Grasshopper, is a sight to see. In a recent test, the Grasshopper vertically took off, ascended to roughly 12… » 12/27/12 1:12pm 12/27/12 1:12pm

Jumping Robot Leaps Tall Rocks and Plants In Single Bound

PopSci is showing off a cute little robot that will use grasshopper principles to get a leg (or two) up during search-and-rescue operations. Dario Floreano and Mirko Kovac of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in Lausanne, Switzerland built this 2-inch, 7-gram wonder capable of leaping eight feet in the air » 10/20/08 8:30pm 10/20/08 8:30pm while…