SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

Federico Mansilla
Diciembre 8, 2018

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 first stage then began descending towards Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "Ships on the way to salvation Falcon", - wrote in the video Musk.

Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. launched a rocket carrying more than 5,600 pounds of crew supplies, science investigations and spacewalk equipment Wednesday as part of its longstanding contract with NASA to ferry cargo to the International Space Station. The first-stage rockets have a 84 percent recovery rate, according to the company.

A hydraulic pump on one of the first stage grid fins stalled, and the booster ended up splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean in a water landing, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter.

The Dragon cargo ship successfully made it to orbit, which was the primary goal of the launch.

"The engines in time stabilized the rotation of the rocket, allowing for a safe landing in the water!"

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

Videos swirling across the internet shows that the booster got out of the control as it headed towards the designated landing spot.

The Falcon rocket used for Wednesday's launch was not used in any prior mission.

To the worldwide space station kicked off the sixteenth mission of the cargo ship Dragon under the NASA contract with SpaceX. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.

The capsule is due to arrive at the space station on Saturday morning.

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