Another day, and another successful launch and landing of the “workhorse” Falcon 9 from SpaceX. The reusable rocket launched the Intelsat G-33/G-34 mission, which took place on October 8. Taking off from the space force station at Cape Canaveral in Florida, the 14th launch and landing of this particular launch vehicle was distinguished.
SpaceX later shared impressive footage with accelerated editing, which shows the automatic return of the first stage of the Falcon 9 from space directly to a floating platform located 600 km from the US coast in the Atlantic Ocean.
View from the droneship of Falcon 9’s launch and landing pic.twitter.com/5yYvT9bNcL
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 12, 2022
The footage shows how the launch vehicle returns at sunset, and the light of the atmosphere is reflected from the plume of the rocket, creating a magical effect of a “jellyfish” in the sky stretching for thousands of kilometers. Nine minutes after launch, the screen turns orange-red and the booster descends into view with a perfectly accurate and safe landing on the platform.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 9, 2022
It is important to note that the “reusable rocket” means only the first stage of the Falcon 9. The second degree, used for acceleration to lift the orbit of satellites or spacecraft, always burns up in the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere after use – dramatic footage of this process was outlined on Twitter by Elon Musk.
Earlier, we reported on how SpaceX published an amazing video of the Falcon 9 flying above the clouds.
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