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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Another Flown Falcon 9 Returns to Port Canaveral in Florida...

A Falcon 9 booster that launched the THAICOM 8 telecommunications satellite to geosynchronous orbit is about to touch down on a drone ship out in the Atlantic Ocean...on May 27, 2016.
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Just thought I'd share these photos of another Falcon 9 booster as it successfully landed on a drone ship out in the Atlantic Ocean following a flawless launch that sent a telecommunications satellite known as THAICOM 8 to geosynchronous orbit on May 27. The Falcon 9 is leaning in the last two images below because of the angle of approach it took (shown above and directly below) as the rocket descended towards the unmanned barge...causing the so-called crush core (which was also utilized by the Apollo lunar landers more than 40 years ago) to be used up on the landing legs upon touchdown. This Falcon 9 will become the fourth flown booster to make its way to SpaceX's Horizontal Integration Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Elon Musk should be delighted that the storage facility is running out of room due to the ever-increasing number of recovered boosters filling up space inside the building...

The Falcon 9 booster that launched the THAICOM 8 telecommunications satellite to geosynchronous orbit is about to touch down on the drone ship out in the Atlantic Ocean...on May 27, 2016.
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The Falcon 9 booster that launched the THAICOM 8 telecommunications satellite to geosynchronous orbit sits atop the drone ship out in the Atlantic Ocean...on May 27, 2016.
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The drone ship carrying the Falcon 9 booster that launched the THAICOM 8 telecommunications satellite to geosynchronous orbit on May 27 arrives at Port Canaveral in Florida...on June 2, 2016.
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