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Tech & Science Falcon 9 misses landing after latest SpaceX mission to the ISS

18:45  06 december  2018
18:45  06 december  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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Although it became SpaceX 's sixth ever landing failure, the malfunction was the company's first since June 2016, following a run of 26 straight successes. Still, SpaceX reckons the Falcon 9 design has got another 300-odd missions left in it before it retires, assuming of course the missed landing won't

The latest Falcon 9 mission launched successfully, but its reusable booster just missed sticking the landing It’s the second flight out to the ISS for this particular Dragon spacecraft, which made The next critical step for the latest SpaceX mission will be attaching the Dragon spacecraft to the station .

Falcon 9 misses landing after latest SpaceX mission to the ISS

SpaceX has made sure it's got its money's worth out of the Falcon 9. On Wednesday the rocket was successfully launched for the third time (after delays) for a resupply mission to the International Space Station. This marked the first time a single first stage booster has been used more than twice for missions. Unfortunately, though, the milestone was marred by a missed landing.

According to a tweet by Elon Musk, the Falcon 9's reusable booster missed the landing zone at Cape Canaveral because of a stalled hydraulic pump on the grid fin. Footage captured by Twitch streamer DazValdez reveals the moment the booster took a tumble.

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Falcon 9 ’s first stage delivered the second stage to its targeted orbit followed by deployment of all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites approximately 1 hour and 12 Following stage separation, the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully landed on SpaceX 's “Just Read the Instructions” droneship stationed in the

Five and a half hours after its departure from the ISS , Dragon will land under parachutes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. ISS -CREAM is an evolution of a payload flown aboard six long-duration balloon missions over the Antarctic Stage separation took place three seconds later

Obviously, things could have been much worse, but the mishap does demonstrate the challenges involved in reusing rockets. SpaceX had previously had designs on making the rocket's second stage reusable as well, but this was scrapped to focus on the development of the Big Falcon Rocket instead. Still, SpaceX reckons the Falcon 9 design has got another 300-odd missions left in it before it retires, and the current core may even fly a fourth time, assuming of course the missed landing hasn't caused irreparable damage.

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SpaceX launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in two days, this one to the International Space Station . But an attempt to recover the booster's first stage ended in failure when a hydraulic system malfunction caused the booster to rapidly spin and tilt about its long axis during its final descent. As a result, the rocket landed well off target, settling to a gentle, upright "landing" in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the launch site. The rocket then tilted over, splashing down horizontally and remaining intact.

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