The roar of nine Merlin engines, precision bursts of gas powertrains and the surprisingly elegant view of fire and smoke through the grille fins. These are just some of the highlights of a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and landing from the rocket’s point of view.
The company shared a new perspective on its topsatellite from the rocket’s onboard camera.
We’ve seen clips like this during the dozen SpaceX launches that have been webcasts, but seeing the beginning and end of the flight in its entirety offers a different perspective.
You can look at it all at the beginning of this post. Keep in mind that the entire flight is closer to eight minutes – the two-minute clip is just the launch and landing phase, with the main part including the rocket second stage separation omitted. (It would not be visible from this camera angle anyway.)
We may see another SpaceX launch next week with the company’s next planned Starlink launch.