Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

SpaceX's Falcon rocket ditches in water after sending cargo to ISS

SpaceX's Falcon rocket ditches in water after sending cargo to ISS

The stage made a soft landing on the water and continued to transmit data.

"Engines stabilised rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water!"

The CRS-16 mission launched supplies to the ISS on Wednesday, but the booster headed for the landing pad missed and landed in the water instead, ending SpaceX's ideal record of 12 previous successful landings.

SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said that the team will use the telemetry from the first-stage booster to find out the reason behind the failed landing.

The US military described Wednesday's mission as "a successful launch but a non-nominal landing".

The Falcon 9 rocket blasted into a clear, chilly sky; the first-stage booster was aiming for a touchdown back at the launch site, once its job was done.

It was the first time SpaceX ever failed to land a booster on solid ground, following a string of 12 straight successes.

"Dragon, you saw separate, and now the solar arrays coming out".

The CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk (Elon Musk) met with an Assistant Director of NASA to discuss the upcoming test flight of the manned spacecraft, which is crucial for SpaceX to become NASA's first manned space mission.

SpaceX has a £1.08billion contract with Nasa to send supplies to the International Space Station.

Earlier, RBC-Ukraine reported that SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with 64 microsatellites. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.

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 global space station.

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