SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket completed its last mission on July 25th. The landing process of the vehicle that successfully took the Cargo Dragon module to the International Space Station was viewed in a video shared by Elon Musk.
In the video, which can be viewed from four different angles, audio recordings from microphones located above the Falcon 9 can also be heard clearly. It is possible to hear the roar of the engine and the buzzing caused by friction in the atmosphere.
Falcon rocket reentry from space with double sonic booms pic.twitter.com/6DDPjcOgQH
— e^👁🥧 (@elonmusk) July 28, 2019
We can see the whole process from the entrance of B1056 to the atmosphere to the landing. SpaceX’s carrier rockets and thrusters throw themselves higher after leaving the main vehicle and make a free fall from there to the launch point. As soon as the vehicle enters the atmosphere, it is ablaze due to friction. Firefighting protocols are in place to ensure that this does not damage the rocket and does not burn the Merlin engine that drives the thrusters.
B1056 completed its second NASA mission in three months. If it goes this way, it will be the first rocket in the company’s history to complete 3 NASA missions, paving the way for the company to be able to do new work with NASA in the future.