Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

But even with the landing not going as planned, Insprucker emphasized the successful launch. This landing, while not 100% successful, was smooth enough that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company may re-use the rocket for an internal mission.

The first stage rocket had separated normally several minutes after the lift-off, but as it approached the landing site, it started spinning rapidly. It appeared to be undamaged and was transmitting data, Musk said, adding that a recovery ship was sent to retrieve it.

In spite of this unfortunate event, the rocket did finish its mission successfully.

While the Dragon capsule is now on its way to the ISS, the rocket's spent first stage rocket failed to land properly at its designated "Landing Zone 1" pad along the Cape Canaveral coast.

After SpaceX will recover the rocket, the company's engineers will work out the problem and hopefully find a fix that will prevent similar incidents in the future.

"Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", he said.

"Engines stabilised rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water!" It was the first time a Falcon 9 booster had failed to make a ground landing.

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.

The Dragon space capsule that flew on Wednesday was used once before, on a supply mission in February 2017. SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station.

The bad food was replaced ahead of Wednesday's launch.

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