Space X on December 5 has launched Dragon cargo ship carrying more than 2 tons of crew supplies, science investigations and equipment toward the International Space Station — but the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage spiraled down in a failed landing.
“We have had a great liftoff,” said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker, as the Falcon 9 rocket soared into the sunny, blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:16 pm (1816 GMT), carrying 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of gear.
“The first stage did land in the water,” John Insprucker said during a live webcast. “Now, the good news is we’ve got a lot of telemetry from it, so we’ll be able to understand what happened and work to improve reliability as we always do here at SpaceX.” “Second stage went into great orbit, it was really precise,” he added. “Dragon, you saw separate, and now the solar arrays coming out. All told, another great day for Space X and NASA.” The mission, SpaceX´s 16th for NASA as part of a long-term contract to ferry supplies to space, successfully made it to orbit, which was the primary goal of the launch.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to twitter and wrote:
Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea. Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 5, 2018
Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea. Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 5, 2018
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11 December, 2018