PORT CANAVERAL, FL – SpaceX technicians have retracted the first rocket landing leg today, Friday, July 27, from a Falcon 9 booster for the first time after recovering the now ‘Flight-Proven’ first stage from this weeks launch of the Telstar 19V telecommunications satellite via a precision guided soft landing at sea – thereby achieving a major milestone towards faster rocket turnaround with the newly upgraded Block 5 version of the firms workhorse launch vehicle.
Check out my Space UpClose eyewitness photos and video gallery documenting the entire exciting leg raising operation as seen from my perspective observing from a short distance away across the channel at Port Canaveral at the Florida Space Coast.
Note: Story is being updated with further details and imagery.
However after the first Blcok 5 launched and landed in May with the Bangabandhu-1 satellite, all 4 legs were again unbolted and removed piece by piece.
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