SpaceX Rocket Misses Touchdown Pad and Falls into the Ocean

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 8, 2018

"Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data".

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.

The rocket was directed away from the coastline and out to the Atlantic Ocean, where it managed to recover from its spin just before landing safely in the water.

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.

Falcon 9 is now the only reusable rocket booster, which is a major selling point for SpaceX.

The rocket was being used to send a capsule of cargo up to the International Space Station.

"The important point here is we have a safety function on board that makes sure the vehicle does not go on land until everything is OK, and that worked perfectly", SpaceX vice president Hans Koenisgman said.

Company CEO Alan Musk wrote on Twitter, "The grid in hydraulic pump stops, that's why the Falcon could only land in the sea".

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

Later it became known that the ship was successfully launched into orbit.

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

What is Falcon 9?This is rocket, belonging to the class of Falcon. "All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA", he added.

Wednesday's mission (CRS-16) was initially scheduled to blast off on Tuesday, but was postponed for a day after the mission team found that the mouse food in one of the science experiments had gone mouldy.

The Dragon spacecraft, carrying almost 3 tons of science and supplies, is scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Saturday.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE