After nailing the first successful reflight of a Dragon spacecraft this past weekend, SpaceX has released stunning 4K footage of the mission’s Falcon 9 rocket landing at Cape Canaveral.
The Falcon 9 is designed for reuse, just like the rest of SpaceX’s fleet, and touched down perfectly after separating from its cargo.
The video has been captured from an aerial vantage point, and shows the smooth landing in glorious 60fps 4K resolution – as good as it gets.
Amazingly, the Falcon 9 lands itself using nothing but its own propulsion systems, and some clever telemetry and fancy paint to ensure the rocket lands precisely at the centre of the landing platform.
Yeah, pretty much dead center. We painted the target area with radio reflective paint, which helps the radar be more precise.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 4, 2017
Watch the 30-second procedure below: