SpaceX rocket lands from space in amazing time lapse
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 1:03 PM - SpaceX, entrepreneur Elon Musk's privately owned space contractor firm, had done a pretty big 180 over the past few months.
The company has been chasing the elusive dream of a reusable rocket. And, though quite adept at launching its Falcon 9 rocket on resupply runs to the International Space Station, the company struggled to bring the rockets back in one piece -- specifically, trying and failing to land them on a floating remote barge at sea.
It finally achieved success, landing a rocket on a drone barge in April. Flash forward to the present, and with its latest landing this past week (its third on a drone barge), the company is basically showing off.
First SpaceX presented a 360o view of a previous Falcon 9 landing (you can watch it at the bottom of this page). Now they've one-upped themselves with the latest video: An onboard time lapse of the rocket blasting down from space.
That's a portion of the mission, which was to launch a communications satellite into orbit and return the reusable part of the rocket back to Earth.
This is SpaceX's third successful landing, and the auspices didn't actually look too favourable beforehand. It was originally scheduled for launch on Thursday, but a technical problem pushed the mission back to Friday.
Still, it's safe to say SpaceX stuck the landing, continuing to prove that reusable rockets are possible and moving even further into space pioneer territory.
WATCH BELOW: A 360o view of a Falcon 9 rocket's successful landing on a barge