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Here are videos from test flights of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket. The goal is to rapidly reuse the rocket's first stage. To do this, we must make the rocket survive atmospheric re-entry, and land it precisely on a droneship or landing pad.

JCSAT14 droneship landing: This was our first successful landing of a geostationary-class mission. Because so little propellant was available after launch, the vehicle experienced much higher loads and heating on reentry, and a more-efficient three-engine landing burn was required.

CRS8 droneship landing: After several attempts, this was the world's first rocket landing at sea:


This is a 360° view from the droneship. Move your phone or iPad around to find the rocket!

Jason3 droneship landing: The rocket executed a near-perfect landing on the droneship (<2m from the target!), but one of the legs failed after touchdown and the rocket was not recovered:

Falcon lands on droneship, but the lockout collet doesn't latch on one the four legs, causing it to tip over post landing. Root cause may have been ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff.

A video posted by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on

Orbcomm2 Landing at Cape Canaveral: This was our first successful landing and recovery. The rocket touched down softly, less than 10 meters from the center of the landing pad at Cape Canaveral.

CRS7 Droneship Landing attempt: On our second droneship landing attempt, about 10 seconds before landing, a valve controlling the engine's thrust temporarily stopped responding. The vehicle briefly lost control and was unable to recover in time for landing.

CRS5 Droneship Landing attempt:On our first droneship landing attempt, we executed a controlled entry with fins, but during the landing burn, the fins ran out of hydraulic fluid. The rocket reached the droneship, but at high velocity.

Orbcomm1 Ocean Landing - onboard view: As a stepping-stone to droneship landing, we landed the rocket softly on the ocean. This shows the onboard video from our second successful ocean landing.

Orbcomm1 Ocean Landing - chase plane view: This shows the ocean landing, as captured by a chase plane.

Supersonic Retropropulsion - thermal view: A NASA aircraft captured the rocket performing a supersonic retropulsion (SRP) burn as it enters the atmosphere. SRP technology may one day help land humans on Mars.

CRS3 Ocean Landing - onboard view: This was the first successful ocean landing, but high seas made telemetry very spotty, and our onboard video was garbled. Some great work from the nasaspaceflight forum was able to produce this: