SpaceX has quietly released an unlisted video with a series of new views – mostly in crisp 4K resolution – of Falcon 9 launch and landing operations from 2017 through to the end of 2018, which provide some of the most detailed insights into the company's workhorse rocket.
Despite the strangely buried nature of the video, which is not listed on YouTube and is hidden at the top of the company's Falcon 9 website, it still points to the sheer volume of content SpaceX has acquired over several years Operations and dozens on dozens of Falcon 9 launches. Almost all of the clips included in the 60-second overview are probably the original-quality recordings created with the same perspectives as previous SpaceX webcasts. This requires considerable compression and reduced quality.
Before a major website update that went live on March 3, 2019 (presumably coordinated to track the successful launch of Crew Dragon), the Falcon 9 section of the SpaceX site was-with few minor changes – practically untouched performance statistics and some written descriptions – since September 2015 a period of about 42 months. In March, SpaceX updated all its Falcon and Dragon sections, including new descriptions and the first official release of Falcon 9 and Heavy in their latest Block 5 configurations, as well as a modernized section, the recently released Crew Dragon spaceship is dedicated.
Most important, of course, was an unlisted YouTube video linked to the top of the Falcon 9 page. It offered 4K views of the launch as SSO-A from December 2018, at which for the first time the same Falcon 9 booster for the third time. The B1046.3 booster kicked off the video with a truly spectacular view of the rocket fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base's SpaceX launch pad, one of the finest (and equally significant) Falcon 9 launches ever.
Above is another extraordinary star of the Falcon 9 review video. He shows several boosters before Block 5 at various points during the last minute of launch position restarts (RTLS) on one of SpaceX's landing zones. Although the quality was inherently much lower, all of these views are immediately familiar to anyone who has seen a significant amount of SpaceX's excellent launch webcasts, and most of them provide insights into streaming tracking shots as above.
Apart from the quasi-public views shown in this video, SpaceX has regularly installed dozens of cameras – often GoPros and other action cams – in the first phase of Falcon 9, managing director Hans Koenigsmann due to the incredible success of reusability He said he was a blessing for improving reliability and understanding of what SpaceX missiles are at take-off, re-entry and landing. One can only imagine that the countless terabytes of footage that SpaceX has collected over the years and dozens of launches.
The next launch of SpaceX is Falcon Heavy 's second launch for the commercial launch of the mighty rocket, which will place the 6000kg Arabsat 6A communications satellite nominally into geostationary high – energy transmission. Orbit (GTO) will be launched on the 7th. April. This is also the first Falcon Heavy launch in a block 5 configuration, and both auxiliary amplifiers return to SpaceX LZ-1 and LZ-2, with the center core trying to land aboard a drone ship.
Catch SpaceX's "Falcon 9 Overview" (2018) is listed below. SpaceX's decision to release this relatively unique video is an indication of what will happen in 2019.
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