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A piece of the future made real: Watch 4K video of the stunning SpaceX Falcon 9 landing on a drone ship

by on April 10, 2016
 

Stephan Jukic – April 10, 2016

Elon Musk isn’t just famous for his remarkable Tesla Motors electric cars, or Tesla’s enormous futuristic car manufacturing plants. The billionaire’s interests also extend well beyond the planet into deep space and the future prospects of colonizing Mars. This is where the SpaceX company fall into the picture, while also heavily involved in practical space launch expeditions for resupply of the ISS and other orbital explorations, SpaceX is also gearing up for much longer, more ambitious voyages.

With this in mind, the company’s recently-developed Falcon 9 rocket has been undergoing unmanned test landings under different conditions, most difficult among them a slow deceleration landing aboard a drone ship out in the ocean. This is what the company most recently pulled off after launching the Falcon 9 rocket that landed into orbital space first.

Launch and landing sequence on the Falcon 9, courtesy of SpaceX

Launch and landing sequence on the Falcon 9, courtesy of SpaceX

This is the first time the company has ever pulled off a landing like this and also its second time the company has managed to land one of its rockets post-launch under any conditions. These are small steps but they’re nonetheless crucial and impressive to behold in crystal clear 4K video, for the glimpse of a potential private space exploration future they show.

With that said, for those of you who are major fans of either interesting ultra HD viewing experiences or space exploration itself, the 4K ultra HD video of the Falcon 9 landing on the sea-based drone ship is some seriously impressive footage, along with being a very cool record of what many would call a historic event.

SpaceX recently released their footage in ultra HD and with the extra detail that comes included, you get a rather unique glimpse into just how the sophisticated rocketry and navigation technology manages to work under these extremely tricky conditions. Now, without further ado, take a look for yourself. It’s downright impressive to see how close to the bulls eye marker on the drone platform vessel the rocket managed to land. The whole thing is impressive quite frankly, something that definitely opens up a couple of scifi visions in the mind.

Story by 4k.com

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