SpaceX has for the first time successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket on a ship. Watch the historic moment in the videos below including a 4K hi-res view from the chaser plane.
SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 stage rocket on the droneship for the first time. Following stage separation in Friday's mission, the first stage of the Falcon 9 attempted again an experimental landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. This time it worked, marking a huge historic achievement.
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Watch below the Falcon 9 stage landing from an onboard view. There have been high winds, but the SpaceX technology handled it perfectly.
The video below shows the Falcon 9 rocket landing as seen from the chaser plane.
The landing is extremely exact. There is no wobbling around. The Falcon 9 is an heavy piece of equipment. The Falcon 9 stage 1 is 41.2m tall and has a diameter of 3.66m. Last week Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin landed the New Shepard rocket again successfully on land. The New Shepard is though much smaller.
Watch below the Falcon 9 landing in 4K hi-resolution video.
The Dragon spacecraft in mission CRS-8 is filled with about 7,000 pounds of critical supplies and payloads for the space station crew, including materials to support dozens of the approximately 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 47 and 48.
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Dragon’s unpressurized trunk carries the approximately 3,100 pound Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, that will attach to the space station and demonstrate expandable in space habitat technology.