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SpaceX reveals new 3-camera view of JCSAT-14 F9 landing

SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket first stage returns to Port after JCSAT-14 mission.

Photo Credit: Carleton Bailie / SpaceFlight Insider

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that delivered the Japanese JCSAT-14 telecommunications satellite to orbit has arrived back in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Monday, May 9, at roughly 10:45 p.m. EDT (02:45 GMT on Tuesday, May 10). To herald the rocket’s arrival, the Hawthorne, California-based company released a stunning video of the rocket’s first stage touching down on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS).

Video courtesy of SpaceX


Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

Reader Comments

Thanks Jason and SpaceX for this video sequence! I just love to watch ever moment of the SpaceX mission’s coverage!

A quick comment: Would it be possible to have adjustable neutral density filters on the landing barge cameras,so we could see Falcon landing just prior to touch down. Without a filter of some kind the image is ‘burned out’ by the brightness of the exhaust flame.

Just thought I’d ask.

Keep up the good work!!
Roy Lewis – Buffalo, NY. USA

Bruce Peters

Interesting that it seems to slide a bit during or slightly after touchdown. I’m guessing some residual lateral forces or a wet landing deck. It would be really cool to see this in day light so as to get a sense of the high energy deceleration involved.
Thanks for the report Jason.

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