Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

SpaceX Sends Cargo Ship To International Space Station But Booster Landing Fails

SpaceX Sends Cargo Ship To International Space Station But Booster Landing Fails

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.

It also became known that SpaceX postponed the launch of the Falcon Heavy with the satellite for the Arabsat company at the end of 2018.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off successfully at 1:16 pm Eastern Standard Time from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying 2,500 kilos of supplies, including science experiments and food for six astronauts now on board the ISS.

Minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage separated as normal, but as that booster part prepared into position for landing, it appeared to lose control and started spinning.

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.

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"The first stage did land in the water", SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said during a live webcast.

The mission lifted off at 10:16 am PST (01:16 p.m. EST), from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Instead, the spent booster will likely contribute in a different way: by providing SpaceX a reason to redesign its hydraulic system.

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

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 rocket was loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living there.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday.

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