SpaceX always wants to stream its missions from launch to landing and everything else except.
The problem is that in the most spectacular parts of some of its missions – when SpaceX’s reusable first-stage booster will land Of course I still love you droneship – the ship’s camera image suddenly cuts, preventing space fans from seeing the Falcon 9 rocket in contact.
It happened again on Sunday, May 16, at the end of the apparent mission SpaceX orbits 52 Starlink satellites, as well as the payloads of two commercial customers. As you can see from the video of Sunday’s landing, the rocket-based camera works well, but the droneship camera input is blurred and replaced with a message confirming the loss of the signal.
The first phase of Falcon 9 has, of course, landed in the I Love Love You droneship! pic.twitter.com/7QzVxkCuI4
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During its previous landings, SpaceX only had a droneship camera, which meant that the real-time view of the landing was completely ignored when the image was cropped. But today, it also streams material from a rocket camera, which usually provides a more reliable input.
Technical hiccups made some suspects cry evil, accusing SpaceX of falsifying invoices. The rocket-based camera has contributed some skeptics, although with more evidence of SpaceX’s ability to make safe touches, you can also explore its countless videos on YouTube.
But why does the droneship feed tend to cut at the most important moment?
According to an excellent video posted by YouTuber Primal Space some time ago, everything is related to the power of rocket propellers, which destabilizes the directional signal between the camera and the satellite receiving the video data, which radiates to the SpaceX transmission team.
“As the rockets approach the droneship, the thrust of the motors begins to shake the droneship at such a high frequency that the video feed antenna [on the ship] loses the lock with the satellite, which causes the video feed to be interrupted, ”Prime Space explains.
Possible solutions include placing the antenna on another vessel and placing it close to the droneship, but far enough away to avoid the effects of a disturbing landing of the Falcon 9.
Primal Space points out that even if the live feed is cut off, SpaceX will record the landing and share it often a day or two later.
Some spectacular and uninterrupted footage of the Falcon 9 rocket making contact with the ground Watch this video taken from a helicopter in 2020. You can also watch SpaceX’s new generation Starship vehicle first successful landing earlier this month.