Just over eight minutes later from lift off, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed on the drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You,” which is stationed out in the Atlantic Ocean.
Unfortunately for us mere mortals watching it unfold at home, the video feed on board the first stage cut out just as it landed. It’s about 30 minutes into the video above.
The Telstar 18 Vantage is a hefty 15,564 pounds (7,060 kilograms), making it just slightly lighter than the Telstar 19V that was launched back in July, which was the heaviest communications satellite ever launched.
SpaceX’s upgraded Block 5 Falcon 9 will help the company achieve its goal of vastly cheaper space flight, in which it aims to fly the boosters up to 10 times with little maintenance, and 100 with refurbishment.