Ken Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com & RocketSTEM – 6 March
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.
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.
on a delightful sea return show despite gloomy skies that was enjoyed by a variety
of veteran and first time spectators.
second one in less than two weeks following the booster that returned from the
PSN 6/Beresheet launch last week.
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.
robotic device nicknamed ‘octograbber’ – that is driven beneath on rollers soon
after touchdown and grabs onto the rockets base with multiple gripper arms.
the rocket and between the 4 landing legs by a team of SpaceX engineers
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.
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.
Crew Dragon thus began a six day orbital mission
on a ferry flight bound for the International Space Station (ISS) and back.
port on the Harmony module node once used by visiting NASA Space shuttles.
March 8 at 2:31 a.m. EST from the docking port enhanced with a new IDA, or
International Docking Adapter.
of SpaceX Demo-1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center.
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