Falcon 9 soft landing video – work in progress

F9-waterlanding-2014-0418-partial-reconstruct-frame By releasing the raw MPEG stream of the April 18 water landing of the Falcon 9, SpaceX asked for assistance from computing video imaging hacker/expert community to restore stream.  It had been plagued by choppy transmission through bad weather conditions.

Now, the hackers/experts have a partially restored result.  The sequence begins just before ignition of the engine, and continues as the exhaust plume hits the water.  Throughout the landing sequence, the legs are already deployed.

The next landing sequence test should occur after the next launch.  A Falcon 9 is expected to launch an ORBCOMM OG2 satellite into low Earth orbit.  This launch was originally scheduled for May 10, but was scrubbed due to problems with static fire tests on May 8 and 9.  The earliest launch opportunity at the busy Cape Canaveral is June 11.

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