A SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage booster makes a succesful landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after sending a classified satellite (NROL-76) into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff was at 7:15 a.m. on 1 May 2017 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A with the landing happening a little over eight minutes later. Click to view the gallery of NROL-76 launch and landing photographs.
After successfully carrying out its mission to deliver eleven ORBCOMM satellites into orbit, the Falcon 9 first stage returns from 124 miles into space at hypersonic speeds to make a soft landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. A feat that SpaceX has long worked toward to achieve. The time exposure shows the long climb toward orbit at left. On its return the Falcon 9 could be seen falling at great speed until it neared the ground when its engines […]