‘World’s first recycled flight’: SpaceX release ‘lost’ footage of Falcon 9 landing (VIDEO)
Last week, the US space company completed an SES-10 satellite delivery mission using a Falcon 9 rocket recycled from a previous jaunt into orbit back in April 2016.
However, the recovered rocket’s spectacular touchdown – hyped as a major milestone for the space industry – was unexpectedly missed by a camera glitch on the SpaceX landing pad in the Atlantic Ocean.
Falcon 9 first stage has landed on Of Course I Still Love You — world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 30, 2017
With the Falcon 9 seconds away from making history on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ ocean droneship, SpaceX online presenters were forced to inform viewers about the disappointing hiccup.
“Looks like we may not have continuous video feed from the droneship right now… so just stay put and we’re going to let you know [about the landing],” said SpaceX engineer, Tom Praderio.
When the feed kicked back in, the Falcon 9 rocket was standing upright and intact on the launch pad. It led to some tongue in cheek comment online that the landing had been a conjurer’s trick.
I know the feed cut out during landing, but it's definitely the same SpaceX rocket. I signed it before takeoff just to be sure pic.twitter.com/XXciw0Yyif— Ross 🐼 Miller (@ohnorosco) March 30, 2017
SpaceX has now set the record straight, however, with an Instagram video showing the full, firey landing.