SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shares a video looking like a "trick shot" as half of a rocket fairing from his launch slowly falls to open waters and is caught by a netted-ship.
Eccentric CEO Elon Musk shows off one of his rocket fairings that recently came back to Earth. The return of this particular rocket is portrayed as a welcome tribute which he posted online.
Elon Musk's Twitter account (@elonmusk) showed the marvelous return of SpaceX's rocket fairing that reads, "Aloha, welcome back from space." The video shows a rocket accompanied by a parachute slowly descending to open waters when a boat cast with a wide net catching it.
Aloha, welcome back from space pic.twitter.com/xWPN09Wtaw — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 18, 2020
The video makes use of calming tropical background music that emulates the feeling of being on vacation and enjoying the view. The clip is posted by Musk last night at 6 pm. David Gokhshtein, Inc. CEO David Gokhshtein (@davidgokhshtein) replied on Musk's video on Twitter, asking whether the clip is real.
Yes — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 18, 2020
To which the SpaceX CEO answered, "Yes." At first glance, the clip is seen to be a digital rendering or animated video edited specifically for Elon Musk's tweet. This led to personalities and Twitter users to question the legitimacy of the video. However, the clip is said to be a high-definition capture of the return of Falcon 9 that Musk filmed himself.
SpaceX's 100th launch
Digital Trends reported that this is no ordinary launch by the Space Explorations Technologies Corp., more commonly known as SpaceX. August 18's six-time record of consecutive SpaceX first-booster launch and land, also marked a massive milestone for the company. The company's 58 new Starlink satellites up in the sky are historical because this marks SpaceX's 100th launch.
Falcon 9 booster rockets were launched yesterday, August 18, 2020, at 10:30 am, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. These rockets are known to contain 58 of Starlink's internet-capable satellites and three of Planet Lab's spacecraft. Planet Labs is an Earth-imaging company that joins the SpaceX satellites.
Starlink's internet satellites are set to a low-Earth orbit and can be seen around the world, looking like a trail of stars. Starlink's satellites can be seen from everyone's homes by proper scheduling and anticipation using the "Starlink Satellite Tracker" website.
However, according to the website, SpaceX's Starlink satellites were put in a different orbit. Moreover, the company also reduced the satellites' brightness to not disturb astronomers and astronauts with their job in monitoring the heavenly bodies.
Falcon 9 Technology
Elon Musk's SpaceX came a long way since its initial launch in 2006 that launched numerous rockets and different advanced technologies with innovations.
Fourteen years after their initial lift-off, SpaceX now celebrates its 100th launch with its revolutionary Falcon 9 that can be reused once it comes back to the planet's surface. The two-stage rocket design of SpaceX boasts of a reliable and safe transport of different cargos, including humans.
Currently, Falcon 9 rockets were launched 98 times, landed 51 times, and reflown by the company for 36 times.
Watch SpaceX and Starlink's launch of Falcon 9 below:
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Written by Isaiah Alonzo