The attempted soft landing of a SpaceX rocket booster on a platform at sea today failed, company CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet.
"Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time," He said. Ref. CNN
SpaceX was unsuccessful in its attempt to land part of a rocket upright on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
The landing attempt came after SpaceX launched the two-stage Falcon rocket on a resupply mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station.
On Twitter, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said: "Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over." Ref. CNN
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying an unmanned Dragon capsule exploded after liftoff today from Cape Canaveral, Florida."The vehicle experienced an anomaly on ascent," SpaceX said via Twitter. Ref. CNN
Could it be that as a private entity they are making too many cutbacks and it is compromising their ability to deliver on time? They are having many mishaps of late and they are developing a bad reputation as a result.
SpaceX successfully lands Falcon 9 rocket booster after launch
SpaceX safely landed the 14-story booster back in Florida after launching a Falcon 9 rocket Monday evening from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The breakthrough follows two near misses earlier this year by booster stages trying to land on platforms in the Atlantic Ocean. Ref. USAToday