Drone captures SpaceX Grasshopper hitting 2,400 feet

The hexacopter drone had a front-row seat to the recent Grasshopper flight.

(Credit: Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

SpaceX’s Grasshopper rocket never fails to astound. It’s either taking off and landing vertically, or moving laterally in midair.

This makes for great video, especially when there’s a startled herd of cattle in the foreground.

For its latest feat, though, the Grasshopper has risen to a new high of 2,440 feet while being filmed closer than ever before — by a hexacopter.

As the spectacular vid below shows, the reusable, 10-story-tall Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle looks even more awesome taking off when viewed from above.

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