WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
- SpaceX’s re-useable rockets have helped revolutionise and lower the cost of space exploration, and the Falcon 9 just stuck another landing
SpaceX, whose larger reusable Falcon Heavy rockets will one day take colonists to Mars, successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket for the eleventh time this weekend and the company just released the footage. The short clip was shot in 4K resolution, and at 60 frames per second, so it offers a stellar view of the rocket landing right near the beach at Cape Canaveral.
The footage, apparently shot from a drone, shows the landing in great detail and you can even see the rocket kick up debris on the landing pad as it approaches the bullseye. The landing was on the money thanks, according to Elon Musk, to some clever thinking from the SpaceX team who painted the target with radio reflective paint that helped helped the rocket split the company’s trademark “X” straight down the middle.
This was the fifth time the company landed a rocket on solid ground because most of its landings so far have been at sea where the Falcon 9 rockets land on an autonomous barge. While SpaceX is consistently able to stick those landings the early attempts at landing in the ocean were marked with explosions thanks to the sheer number of variables but recently the company has stuck every single attempt to land a rocket at Cape Canaveral, dating all the way back to December 2015, when it first landed.
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Matthew Griffin, Futurist and Founder of the 311 Institute, a global futures think tank, is described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers.” Recognised in 2013, 2015 and 2016 as one of Europe’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew mentors several XPrize teams, and is an award winning author, entrepreneur and international speaker who is regularly featured on the BBC, Discovery, Kurzweil, Newsweek, TechCrunch and VentureBeat. Working hand in hand with accelerators, investors, governments, multi-nationals and regulators around the world Matthew shines a light on the future and helps them transform their industries, organisations, products and services by demonstrating how the combination of democratised, and increasingly powerful emerging technologies, are helping fuel cultural, industrial and societal change that is transforming old industries and creating new ones. Matthew’s clients include Accenture, Bain & Co, Bank of America, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group, Dell EMC, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, E&Y, Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, Huawei, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, McKinsey & Co, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Schroeder’s, Sequoia Capital, UBS, the UK’s HM Treasury, the USAF and many others.