Drone Captures Amazing Footage of Falcon 9 Landing

Article written: 20 Feb , 2017
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Let’s just take a moment to admire how amazing it is when science fiction becomes routinely real:

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared this amazing drone footage of the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returning for a perfect landing after the launch of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. It drops flawlessly through the clouds, easy as pie, touching down at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral.

As cool as the first stage landing was, the launch had a notable starting place. As our Ken Kremer reported yesterday, “the era of undesired idleness for America’s most famous launch pad was broken at last by the rumbling thunder of a SpaceX Falcon 9.” The SpaceX launch took place on the historic Launchpad 39-A, the same spot where Apollo astronauts began their journey to the Moon and space shuttles set off on their missions.

Here’s another view of drone footage of the landing:

SpaceX’s CRS-10 resupply mission to the International Space Station was the second successful launch for the commercial space company since the launch pad explosion in September 2016. Dragon will rendezvous and be docked to the ISS, on Wednesday, March 22, bringing about 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiments.

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5 Responses

  1. Member
    Aqua4U says

    AWESOME! Perhaps an overused word, but in this case….

  2. Smokey says

    @AQUA4U No, no, you have it right. It’s that word one uses when one suddenly is confronted with irrefutable evidence that, yea verily, they are living in #TheFuture! ^_^

  3. Member
    Mike Egan says

    Brill, just like Dan Dare!

  4. metalman_5150 says

    this rocket is pretty darn amazing.

  5. ProfMOZ says

    …and remember, no other country or company has ever done it the way SpaceX does it, delivering a payload to the ISS and returning the 1st stage safely to a landing spot outside Elon´s house… 😉 haha

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