Range Tracking

Industrial landscape past and future

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Giant cargo cranes along the waterfront at Port Canaveral look like they are paying homage to the future represented by the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster at right used to launch JCSAT-16. After successfully throwing its second stage topped with the satellite into orbit, the first stage booster powered down to a pinpoint landing on a barge located several hundred miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, which eventually made its way back to Port a few days later with its precious cargo towering overhead. Click to view photos of the launch and of the JCSAT-16 booster in Port.

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