Maybe you have a bit of blase about rocket landings. After all, SpaceX has deducted more than 40 from orbital launches, and Blue Origin has made it ten times on test flights on its suborbital New Shepard vehicle.
The return from space, crossing the dense earth atmosphere and sitting gently on a tiny landing site is still a breathtaking performance, as a newly released video makes very clear.
The video shows the first stage of the two-tier SpaceX technology The Falcon 9 rocket will arrive home on Thursday (July 25) after launching the company's robot killer capsule on a cargo flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
We see the dramatic downward movement that produced two separate sonic blasts from four different angles ̵
"Falcon missile reentry from space with double supersonic bang," said SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk on Sunday (July 28) via Twitter . where he posted the video.
This was the second landing for this special first stage of Falcon 9; It participated in another ISS cargo launch in May. The launch on Thursday was the third record for this kite, which also visited the orbit lab in April 2015 and December 2017.
Such reuse is a big part of Musk's vision. The billionaire wants to drastically reduce space costs to economically implement the settlement of Mars and other ambitious exploration activities. Blue Origin, powered by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, is aiming for the same big goal.
Dragon reached the ISS on the last day of Saturday (July 27) and delivered more than 5,000 pounds. (2,270 kg) supplies and equipment. About half of this mass consists of scientific equipment that allows ISS crew members to perform dozens of other experiments over the coming weeks and months.
The capsule will remain attached to the ISS for about a month and then return to Earth for a gentle lapping in the Pacific Ocean.
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