SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

08 December, 2018, 14:57 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • SpaceX  Flickr The booster or first stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket attempting to land

"Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data". The first-stage rockets have a 84 percent recovery rate, according to the company.

"The engines in time stabilized the rotation of the rocket, allowing for a safe landing in the water!"

SpaceX on Wednesday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship, loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living at the International Space Station but failed to successfully land its booster afterward.

The launch itself was a success, but landing the rocket for reuse didn't go as planned.

A SpaceX rocket booster is still floating in the ocean after the Falcon 9 missed its intended ground target and splash-landed following Wednesday's launch from Cape Canaveral.


SpaceX commentator John Insprooker said, "We have done an excellent lift".

The founder of SpaceX Elon Musk has published on Twitter a video with the fall of the first stage of the rocket Falcon 9 in the Atlantic ocean. During the landing she lost control and began to spin around its axis. "All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA", he added.

After the lift-off, everything went as per the plan including the crucial part where it effectively propelled the cargo-laden Dragon capsule towards the worldwide space station.

The rocket was initially meant to take off Tuesday but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system.

SpaceX has a contract to ferry American astronauts to the space station as part of what's known as the Commercial Crew program with NASA, but the timeline for the first flights has slipped repeatedly.

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