With all this talk of slingshotting astronauts into space, it’s good time to check in on SpaceX’s progress to a new reusable crewed spacecraft. The Falcon 9 Reusable had its second test flight, reaching 1 kilometer altitude before a successful soft-landing.
The Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) quadrupled its height from the last test, reaching 1,000 meters before coming back down for a landing. For now, the landing legs are staying in place for the whole flight, but later SpaceX intends to lift off with legs stowed away, extending them only for landing. Via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Reusable Rocket Completes Second Test Flight.