A frame-by-frame repair of the video taken during the April soft splashdown of the Falcon 9 first stage now shows the deployment of the landing legs.


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A frame-by-frame repair of the video taken during the April soft splashdown of the Falcon 9 first stage now shows the deployment of the landing legs.

Video below the fold.

In a related note, SpaceX will unveil its manned version of the Dragon capsule tomorrow at 7 pm (Pacific) and will live stream the event here.

Update: The links are fixed. Thanks Edward!

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4 comments

  • Edward

    Robert,

    All three links seem to go to the same video. I suspect that you meant for the last two to go to other pages.

  • Edward

    Oops, I forgot to thank you for posting the video. It is an amazing sight.

  • Pzatchok

    That doesn’t look real good.

    I am not talking about the quality but about the landing leg deployment.

    The one leg seems to have deployed rather uncontrolled. It almost looks like it bounced around a bit. Maybe its lock didn’t catch in the down position. Possibly a hydraulic fluid leak or a nitrogen strut failed.

    It seems to have finally locked into a down position though just before the engine burn though. Which is good.

    Since the other one looked fine I would guess this is repairable or fixable.

  • Pzatchok

    The Dragon 2 looks good.

    Never expect them to make it fully propulsive landing. I guessed they would use a chute for an initial deceleration after the burn in.

    The leather seats are nice touch.

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