This ‘hop’ that the Grasshopper completed was 24 stories high and succeeded in landing not only safely, but in its most accurate landing to date – square in the middle of the launch pad.
But apparently we’re not seeing all of SpaceX’s toys! Due to launch sometime next year is a much larger rocket ( 3 Falcon 9’s strapped with modified Merlin engines – more powereful than the SLS being developed by NASA).
Update as to SpaceX mission: SpaceX’s DragonLab is currently in the middle of its second flight for NASA to resupply the International Space Station. Having already successfully berthed with the ISS, it will be hanging out for another couple weeks before making the trip home. While the future of space travel seems bright, its present is doing darn well too!