SpaceX shows off awesome Falcon 9 Reusable vertical takeoff and landing test flight (video)

November 23, 2017 – 09:20 am

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Coinciding with SpaceX’s launch to the International Space Station on Friday and its (not so successful) attempt at a soft landing, Elon Musk’s company has released an awesome video of what the Falcon 9 Reusable should look like when successfully performing a vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL). The video has accumulated an astonishing 2.5 million views in the last few days, which is rather heartwarming as it indicates that humanity in general shares my interest in one of the most important technologies that will be pioneered in our lifetimes: cheap, reusable space travel.

Updated @ 16:05 April 22: Elon Musk tweeted that “Data upload from tracking plane shows landing in Atlantic was good! Several boats enroute through heavy seas.” This was a few days ago, though, and as yet we haven’t received any definitive data about whether the first stage landed correctly, or whether it was still in one piece by the time the recovery boats got to it. Presumably SpaceX will provide another update in due course.

After numerous delays, SpaceX resupply mission CRS-3 to the International Space Station finally lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Friday, April 18. CRS-3 was notable because its Falcon 9 launch vehicle featured retractable landing legs and the ability to soft land (i.e. perform a powered descent) back to Earth after delivering the Dragon capsule into low Earth orbit. SpaceX had previously attempted a vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL) with its small, single-engine Grasshopper test vehicle, but CRS-3 was the first time that such a procedure had been attempted in in a real-world scenario. (For more on how VTVL is performed, read our story detailing the technology.)


Source: www.extremetech.com

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