Grasshopper 325m Test | Single Camera (Hexacopter)

Published on Jul 7, 2013
On June 14, SpaceX’s Grasshopper flew 325 m (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad. For the first time in this test, Grasshopper made use of its full navigation sensor suite with the F9-R closed loop control flight algorithms to accomplish a precision landing. Most rockets are equipped with sensors to determine position, but these sensors are generally not accurate enough to accomplish the type of precision landing necessary with Grasshopper.

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Previous Grasshopper tests relied on the other rocket sensors but for this test, an additional, higher accuracy sensor was in the control loop. In other words, SpaceX was directly controlling the vehicle based on new sensor readings, adding a new level of accuracy in sensing the distance between Grasshopper and the ground, enabling a more precise landing.

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Grasshopper is a 10-story Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle designed to test the technologies needed to return a rocket back to Earth intact. While most rockets are designed to burn up on atmosphere reentry, SpaceX rockets are being designed not only to withstand reentry, but also to return to the launch pad for a vertical landing. The Grasshopper VTVL vehicle represents a critical step towards this goal.

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Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage tank, Merlin 1D engine, four steel and aluminum landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure.

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A I and the problems involved
Just what are your views on Artificial Intelligence? Do you think this A I is an idea worth pursuing? Are you worried about what an A I will be allowed to do? Scientists have already created many types of artificial intelligences, and are continuing to experiment and refine their knowledge of this subject.

Everyone worries about whether a Terminator, or a ” War Game ” scenario will come about due to this line of research. If an A I is created, and it truly has the ability to learn from its own mistakes, won’t it become as our worst nightmares suggest? What tasks will we be willing to assign to a machine, that has the ability to learn and grow? Will we really allow it to babysit our children or watch over our nation?

If a machine can learn, and actually comprehend, wouldn’t our civilization be at stake? Wouldn’t such a machine decide we are a primitive life form, and remove the possible threat we would pose to it? There are another thousand questions we might ask, but the real question is ” how far are we willing to go in this direction? ”

Bill Gates, Like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, Worries About Artificial Intelligence Being a Threat
Microsoft founder and former CEO Bill Gates revealed his concerns over artificial intelligence in his most recent Reddit Ask Me Anything session.
The concerns of Gates are similar to the ones previously expressed by fellow great minds Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and Stephen Hawking, the famed theoretical physicist.  Terminator 3 Terminator 3

“I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence,” Gates wrote. While at first, the machines that possess artificial intelligence will be able to carry out a lot of jobs for people; these machines will not yet be super intelligent. Gates added that this would be a positive thing, but only if people are able to manage artificial intelligence well.  Short Circuit Short Circuit

Earlier in January, Musk donated $10 million to the Future of Life Institute (FLI), a group that is dedicated towards the prevention of the potential risks of artificial intelligence.

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