SpaceX Falcon 9 First Stage Spins Out Of Control, Lands In Ocean

Ismael LynchDec 08, 2018

This was the first time that a SpaceX rocket missed intact ground landing.

Meanwhile, Musk tweeted that the problem was that a "grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea".

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that headed skyward this week is carrying a whole bunch of important cargo. SpaceX was getting ready to tow it back to land at the time of the press conference.

'Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data.

A successful landing would mark SpaceX's 12th touchdown on Landing Zone 1 in Florida and its 33rd successful recovery overall, with 20 landings to date on off-shore drone ships and one at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The mission had been a complete success until the aborted landing. The company's most recent Falcon 9 first stage landing failure was in June 2016. 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. If that wasn't impressive enough, the launch was also SpaceX's 19th launch of the year-the previous record was 18-and it still has three more launches planned before the year is out.

The launch of the CRS-16 supply mission to the International Space Station had been scheduled for Tuesday but had to be postponed for a novel reason - moldy mouse food. NASA discovered Monday that the food for the mouse-tronauts was mouldy. Investigations on the International Space Station are organized by both NASA and the ISS National Lab. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space. It was also reported that SpaceX and NASA will experience a passenger Crew Dragon capsule. It is joining five other "visiting vehicles" now docked there: two Soyuz crew spacecraft, two Russian Progress cargo spacecraft, and a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June. The new crew members will assist in the docking of the Dragon cargo ship.

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