Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Land on Drone Ship In VR Immersive Journalism Video
Earlier this month out in the Atlantic Ocean, Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 rocket first-stage booster on a drone ship for the first time.
This is regarded as a remarkable milestone for SpaceX, as they will be able to preserve and reuse these rockets for future launches to save costs and be more eco-friendly.
The price tag of a Falcon 9 is currently $61.2 million. However, by preserving the first-stage rocket, the price could be reduced to $42.84 million.
For those who can’t be there to witness the event in-person, you are in good hands. SpaceX has released a new 360 video for the historic landing. You do not want to miss this awesome experience watching the rocket descend from above. Throw on a pair of headphone along with your favorite VR headset and enjoy this immersive experience.
The next Falcon 9 rocket launch is scheduled on May 4 at 1.22 EST, and it is expected that SpaceX would couple the launch with another drone ship landing attempt out in the ocean.
The most reliable US rocket company, United Launch Alliance, could not compete with upstart provider SpaceX during a competition in late 2015 for an Air Force payload, a senior engineer with the company said Wednesday. SpaceX was able to offer launch capabilities for as little as one-third the price of what United Launch Alliance could, said Brett Tobey, vice president of engineering for the Colorado-based rocket company.
Watch the 2D video and listen to the crowd cheer for this amazing achievement by Elon Musk and his team.
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.
SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. The company made history again in May 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft attached to the International Space Station, exchanged cargo payloads, and returned safely to Earth — a technically challenging feat previously accomplished only by governments. Since then Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the space station multiple times, providing regular cargo resupply missions for NASA.
Simple Guide on How To Watch and Interact W/ YouTube 360 Degree Video
YouTube supports playback of 360 videos from the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. Safari is not supported.
From mobile and tablets
To watch and interact with YouTube 360 videos, be sure to you have updated your device with the latest version of the app. For viewing YouTube videos, you will want to copy the video title name below:
360 View | First Stage Landing on Droneship
Then open the YouTube app, and paste into the search box.
For an immersive experience, you can watch 360 degree videos with Cardboard via the YouTube app. Once the 360 video is launched, simply click the Cardboard icon on the lower right corner and insert phone into the Cardboard.