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A cool video from SpaceX shows the view of Falcon 9 | Digital Trends Spanish

SpaceX has shared an impressive video (below) showing one of its rockets. Falcon 9 launching and then landing, all in a single clip shot by the same camera.

The camera was located miles from land on a drone from SpaceX stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The drones are used as a landing point for the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which return to Earth shortly after launch once they have sent the second stage and payload into space. Landing boosters in this way allow SpaceX to use them again on future missions, allowing it to reduce the cost of getting the payloads into orbit.

The SpaceX sped-up clip, filmed Saturday night from the drone deck A Shortfall of Gravitas by the company, shows the 70-meter-tall (230-foot) Falcon 9 rocket taking off in the distance from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The rocket was carrying two telecommunications satellites for the multinational satellite service provider Intelsat.

View from the droneship of Falcon 9’s launch and landing

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) October 12, 2022

The rocket can be seen heading into space before leaving the top of the frame. A short time later, the image brightens as the rocket boosters fire to slow the booster’s descent just before landing on the drone.

The remarkable images again highlight the impressive system that SpaceX has tried, tested and perfected to launch and then safely land, upright, a Falcon 9 first-stage booster.

It’s the first time the launch and landing have been captured in a single clip, and it suggests the human equivalent of someone throwing a dart and then hitting the bullseye from a mile away. And then achieve it with each subsequent release.

SpaceX’s system, of course, involves a lot of intricately designed technology. In the early years of its development, the company suffered many mishaps, with the rocket often reaching the target landing point, but then crashing down and bursting into flames seconds later. But each failure gave engineers plenty of data to work with, leading to the first successful landing of its Falcon 9 booster in December 2015.

Since then, SpaceX has achieved more than 140 perfect landings of its Falcon 9 first-stage booster, paving the way for more than 120 spinoffs.

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