SpaceX Falcon 9 second stage inside view

Starlink lets SpaceX capture high-definition video of its 187-foot-high rocket landing for the first time!

In a rare feat, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was able to capture live video of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket landing on a drone ship off the coast of Florida. On SpaceX’s latest mission, the company launched a satellite for Florida communications service provider Globalstar, and as always, the launch was followed by the iconic Falcon 9 that returned to Earth and successfully landed on its “feet.”

Before the Globalstar mission, however, SpaceX was able to capture high-resolution images of the Falcon 9 landing for a Starlink launch. Starlink is SpaceX’s satellite Internet service in low Earth orbit, and usually the company’s cameras on the ship generally cut off the moment the rocket lands, but for the Starlink mission, the live feed and a clip later shared by SpaceX, the rocket landing in all its glory.

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Starlink lets SpaceX broadcast high-definition video of the Falcon 9 landing in Atlantico

Since opening Starlink to public use in 2020, SpaceX has consistently expanded the scope of the service. Since then, the company has launched more than 2,000 satellites, including satellites with laser connectivity, introduced new user terminals and expanded coverage to aircraft and recreational vehicles.

As part of Starlink’s ability to be used by mobile vehicles, SpaceX is also using the service on its drone ships for Falcon 9 landings. It uses Starlink to broadcast live images, which are then streamed to viewers on YouTube.

The Starlink launch took place last week and saw the Falcon 9 lift off from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Since the mission took place in the afternoon, the drone ship was also well lit by the sun, allowing the cameras to capture a crystal-clear view of the 187-foot-tall rocket landing.

The Falcon 9 stood upright after the launch of Starlink satellites last week. Starlink had SpaceX broadcast high-quality images of the rocket landing on its drone ship. Image: SpaceX

The landing marked another major milestone for SpaceX, which has disrupted the aerospace industry by landing its first stage rocket boosters. It was the company’s first century of a repurposed rocket landing since its founding by Musk in 2002.

Musk also confirmed that the video footage was the best his company had captured to date, and he praised Starlink for the high quality result.

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With Starlink, Musk’s company not only wants to provide low-cost internet to consumers, but will also target various sectors such as finance, aviation and shipping. All three have their unique environments and needs, and Starlink has the capabilities to meet each of them.

Users in the financial sector need fast internet coverage that allows them to receive information in real time from markets around the world. With lower latency due to low Earth orbit satellites and faster data transfers in space, several quarters believe Starlink could be a good fit for the needs of this industry.

On the other hand, commercial aviation requires high-altitude coverage, and since the Starlink satellites orbit much lower than spacecraft from other Internet providers, the speed of the service is significantly better. Finally, shipping companies often require Internet access in the ocean, and satellites serve their needs as well.

SpaceX also plans to dramatically increase the number of spacecraft it orbits with each launch through its next-generation Starship launch pad. Significantly larger than the Falcon 9, the spacecraft will allow SpaceX to launch hundreds of satellites at once — at a time when LEO satellite space is heating up and more companies are joining the fray.


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