Dazzling Display of Rocket Recycling as Landed SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster Sails into Port Canaveral after 1st Private Crew Dragon Test Flight: Photos

Mid-air view of recovered/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from
Crew Dragon Demo-1 launch going airborne again at 125 PM ET, March 5, 2019 over
mock Crew Dragon capsule after craning off the OCISLY drone ship to platform on
land at Port Canaveral, FL – 3 days after liftoff from Launch Complex-39A on
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Ken Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM – 6 March
2019



PORT CANAVERAL/KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL –  SpaceX demonstrated a dazzling display of
rocket recycling and commercial spaceflight as their first Falcon 9 booster to
launch their private Crew Dragon spacecraft on a test flight for NASA to the International
Space Station and make a precision landing on a drone ship at sea, sailed triumphantly
into Port Canaveral early Tuesday morning, March 5.



The Falcon 9 first stage booster (model
B1051) from the Demo-1 Crew Dragon mission launch was towed into Port Canaveral
standing proudly upright atop the
“Of Course I Still Love You”
drone ship (OCISLY) upon which it soft landed at sea
about 9.5 minutes after liftoff and some 400 mi (640 km) off Florida’s east coast
in the Atlantic Ocean. 



Enjoy our Space UpClose eyewitness galley of
imagery as I witnessed the booster return at Jetty Park Pier and Cape Canaveral
Beach.  Click back as the gallery grows. 



Be sure to check our earlier launch and launch
pad galleries as well. 

Recovered/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from Crew Dragon
Demo-1 launch sails dramatically into Port Canaveral, FL under dismal skies on
March 5, 2019 – 3 days after overnight liftoff from Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s
Kennedy Space Center on March 2.  
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The Falcon 9 outfitted with four landing legs
and four grid fins successfully soft landed on the
“Of
Course I Still Love You” drone ship (OCISLY) drone ship
at sea in the Atlantic Ocean about 9.5 minutes after liftoff on March 2 from pad
39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The 15 story tall upright standing booster put
on a delightful sea return show despite gloomy skies that was enjoyed by a variety
of veteran and first time spectators.

This scorched and sooty booster arrival was the
second one in less than two weeks following the booster that returned from the
PSN 6/Beresheet launch last week.

OCISLY entered the mouth of Port Canaveral
Channel around 8 a.m. EST towed by a tugboat and accompanied by several support
vessels after giving priority to other vessels and cruise ships and to minimize
any potential hazards.

The booster had been secured to the deck by the
robotic device nicknamed ‘octograbber’ – that is driven beneath on rollers soon
after touchdown and grabs onto the rockets base with multiple gripper arms.

Octograbber is apparently maneuvered remotely under
the rocket and between the 4 landing legs by a team of SpaceX engineers

The port arrival came just over 3 days since
launch.




OCISLY and the SpaceX naval fleet sailed down
the Port Canaveral channel about a mile to the normal docking location on the north
side by a giant crane over the course of about an hour and pushed up to the
final berthing location with a pair of tugboats.
Mid-air view of recovered/landed SpaceX Falcon 9 booster from
Crew Dragon Demo-1 launch going airborne again at 125 PM ET, March 5, 2019 over
mock Crew Dragon capsule after craning off the OCISLY drone ship (at left)  to platform on land at Port Canaveral, FL – 3
days after liftoff from Launch Complex-39A on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon lifted off on its maiden
test flight dubbed Demo-1 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
at 2:49 a.m. EST (0749 GMT) Saturday, March 2 from historic Launch Complex-39A at NASA’s
Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Water reflection launch view as SpaceX
Falcon 9 soars off Launch Complex 39A at
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday,
March 2, 2019
carrying the company’s first commercially-built and operated Crew Dragon
spacecraft
to orbit for docking with the International Space Station (ISS) – as seen from VAB roof.  Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Crew Dragon thus began a six day orbital mission
on a ferry flight bound for the International Space Station (ISS) and back.

The Crew Dragon docked a day later at the forward
port on the Harmony module node once used by visiting NASA Space shuttles.

Dragon is now on target to undock Friday,
March 8 at 2:31 a.m. EST from the docking port enhanced with a new IDA, or
International Docking Adapter.

Watch for Ken’s ongoing onsite mission coverage
of SpaceX Demo-1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center.

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area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space
topics.

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