After separation, the first stage of a Falcon 9 makes a boost back burn. When watching the webcast of the NROL 108 mission, after boost back it has a speed of 830 km/h at an altitutde of 148 km, then it gains more speed and decreasing altitude. That means the vertical speed reaches a value of zero but still has an 830 km/h horizontal speed. How it can come back to the landing pad near the launch pad? Shouldn't it go far away?
Why does the Falcon 9 come back to the launch pad despite having considerable speed after boost back burn after separation?
$\begingroup$ Not a duplicate, but similar space.stackexchange.com/questions/59561/… $\endgroup$– The Rocket fanJul 4, 2022 at 10:25
Borrowing an image from Hobbes' answer to What is the burn time for the F9 boostback / reentry / landing burns?
The feed shows speed, but not direction. By the time the booster reaches its peak altitude, it is already moving back towards the launch site.