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4 Facts About VTVL

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Vertical takeoff, vertical landing is a form of takeoff and landing for rockets.

Aircraft can have different ways to take off and land.

SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Hop - Vertical Take Off and Landing | Falcon 9 VTVL Vehicle HD Video by CoconutScienceLab

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Multiple VTVL craft have flown.

SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Hops Nearly 18 Feet | Falcon 9 VTVL Launch Vehicle HD Video by CoconutScienceLab

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As of 2016, VTVL is under intense development as a technology for reusable rockets, with two companies, Blue Origin and SpaceX, both having demonstrated recovery of launch vehicles, with Blue Origin's New Shepard booster rocket making the first successful vertical landing following a test flight that reached outer space, and SpaceX's Falcon 9 Flight 20 marking the first landing of a commercial orbital booster.

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California, United States.

New Shepard is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing, suborbital crewed rocket that is being developed by Blue Origin as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism.

Blue Origin, LLC is an American privately funded aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company headquartered in Kent, Washington.

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VTVL rockets are not to be confused with aircraft which take off and land vertically which use the air for support and propulsion, such as helicopters and jump jets which are VTOL aircraft.

A helicopter, or chopper, is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors.

A vertical take-off and landing aircraft is one that can hover, take off, and land vertically.

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