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This guy recreated SpaceX’s barge landing…with a Falcon 9 drone [VIDEO]

SpaceX took four tries to land a rocket - this YouTuber did it on his first try.


No one really knows what it’s like to land a real-life rocket on an indiscriminate drone ship in the middle of the ocean, except SpaceX of course.

The private space exploration company helmed by real-life Ironman Elon Musk finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket earlier this year, but only after four tries resulted in fiery explosions.

In the video below YouTuber ajw61185 landed his rocket in one try.

Only the rocket isn’t really a rocket (it’s a drone), and the landing pad isn’t swaying in the ocean, but instead what we can only assume is a dressed-up piece of wood floating in his backyard pool.

You can’t actually buy a Falcon 9 drone, but ajw61185 did a good job capturing the Falcon 9’s authenticity. The customized drone is powered by four small rotors where the thrusters on a real rocket would be located. It was crafted using model rocket parts and custom-made pieces. It’s even got a removable flame attached to the bottom to make it look even more like the real thing.

The landing pad was painted to match SpaceX’s “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship.

Want a crack and landing the Falcon 9? You can try (and likely fail) here in this video game developed by MIT.

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