SpaceX launches cargo but fails to land rocket

08 December, 2018, 17:41 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket goes vertical on Wednesday morning in Florida

Unloading the rocket on the ocean's landing platform is a bit screwy, but SpaceX has succeeded in making the Falcon safe in the sea.

SpaceX was supposed to land the Falcon 9 rocket's spent first stage at a pad on the ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, called "Landing Zone 1". After managing to break no less than four records just a few days ago, in a turn of events worthy of Murphy's Law, the Falcon 9 rocket that delivered supplies to the ISS missed its mark and crash landed instead.

But even with the landing not going as planned, Insprucker emphasized the successful launch.

SpaceX followed the Spaceflight mission with a December 5 resupply to the International Space Station, which marked the company's 20th launch in 2018.

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The first-stage rockets have a 84 percent recovery rate, according to the company.

The grid fins are used to stabilize the booster, which managed to stabilize at the last minute, enabling the rocket to make a gentle landing in the Atlantic Ocean. Through this cargo, Species was sending supplies science experiments and food to astronauts living at the International Space Station.

The Dragon spacecraft, carrying almost 3 tons of science and supplies, is scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Saturday.

Musk says the new "block 5" Falcon 9 stages are designed fly dozens of times with minimal refurbishment between launchings, a key element in the company's drive to lower launch costs by recovering and re-flying recovered stages. It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough to be captured by the space station's robot arm.

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