4K Footage of Spacex’s Most Perfect Rocket Landing Yet After an Orbital Flight
Juan Carlos Ropel, June 8, 2017
On June 3, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was placed into low-orbit for the sake of launching its Dragon spacecraft into their eleventh Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-11) to the International Space Station.
According to SpaceX’s website, the little orbital ship was filled with almost 6,000 pounds of supplies and payload, including critical materials for directly supporting dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations being developed inside the ISS.
The process was livestreamed by NASA and SpaceX, and science enthusiasts around the world got to see in stunning 4K UHD how the Dragon was “captured” with the station’s 57.7 foot robotic arm, successfully completing the second part of the mission.
Following the fantastic display of near genius-level accuracy, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, to be used once again on future missions.
Today, SpaceX shared on their Youtube channel the remarkable 4K UHD footage of the landing, and since many of us are not used to watching this kind of footage except for Sci-Fi movies or video games, the landing seems almost Hollywood-level surreal, especially since it happens so quickly and accurately. You can watch the video at 4k and 60 fps here if you happen to own a 4K TV or UHD PC monitor with the right hardware specs:
SpaceX made history on 2012 when they became the first commercial company to ever visit the International Space Station, when the Falcon 9 delivered the Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the ISS. Since then SpaceX has made multiple flights to the huge orbital scientific exploration platform, both delivering and returning cargo for NASA.
The footage above isn’t SpaceX’s first 4K video of one of its launches. The company has also previously released other videos of even more impressive landings directly onto the surfaces of drone ships.
Also, If you are by any chance looking to send something or someone out of space, Elon Musk’s company offers reasonable prices for their launching services, starting at $62 million for its Falcon 9 and $90 m. for the Falcon Heavy. We’re also hoping to see more live or at least canned 4K ultra HD video of future launches and, more breathtaking still, views of our multicolored, delicate Earth from the void above us. NASA itself is participating in making this last part a frequent thing by streaming their own 4K UHD channel in partnership with Harmonic.
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