Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

SpaceX launches Dragon cargo ship to ISS, but fails to land rocket

SpaceX launches Dragon cargo ship to ISS, but fails to land rocket

SpaceX has enjoyed notable success landing its Falcon 9 rocket, which enables the company to reuse the vehicle for decreased costs, among other things.

The booster spent two days in the water while teams worked to retrieve it after a malfunction with its grid fins caused the booster to miss its target: the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1. The booster remained intact, according to Musk, who said ships were sent out to recover the rocket.

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 flawless record of 12 previous successful landings.

'Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared video on Twitter Wednesday of the rocket engines stabilizing the booster just in time for a splash landing soft enough to save it.

Despite the landing, the mission successfully placed in orbit its Dragon uncrewed cargo spacecraft.

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"We have had a great liftoff", said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker.

The reason for this landing was the failure of the control system.

What is Falcon 9?This is rocket, belonging to the class of Falcon.

It represents SpaceX's 16th commercial resupply services mission.

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.

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. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.

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