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TechnologySpaceX launches cargo ship to space station, but Falcon 9 rocket misses landing site

23:05  05 december  2018
23:05  05 december  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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  SpaceX preps light and sound show of a landing for California Elon Musk and company will be bringing a Falcon 9 back to Earth in the Golden State for the first time.Elon Musk's launch company is set to send one of its previously used Block 5 Falcon 9 rockets to space on Sunday. The rocket will carry an Argentine Earth-imaging satellite and deliver it to orbit.

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology , with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft.

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company made history again in 2012 when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station .

SpaceX launches cargo ship to space station, but Falcon 9 rocket misses landing site© Joe Skipper Image: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon cargo spacecraft aboard launches to the International Space Station

The launch of an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 didn't go quite as planned on Wednesday.

The rocket lifted off successfully at 1:16 p.m. ET from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but after successfully propelling the cargo-laden Dragon capsule on its way to the International Space Station, the spent rocket malfunctioned on its return to Earth and missed its landing site.

"Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted shortly after the anomaly. "Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched."

SpaceX preps light and sound show of a landing for California

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SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 reusable rocket booster on a drone ship — a first SpaceX recently upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket , and today's flight was also the first time a Dragon cargo craft has SpaceX Launches Used Dragon Cargo Ship to Space Station , Flexing Reusability Muscles.

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship bound for the space station will deliver nearly 3 tons of supplies and Three days after a successful launch from California, SpaceX fired off another Falcon 9 rocket SpaceX has successfully recovered 23 first stage boosters to date, 11 on land and the rest on

SpaceX was attempting to land the Falcon 9 rocket's spent first stage at a pad along the Cape Canaveral coast called "Landing Zone 1." Several minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage separated as normal, but as that booster part maneuvered into position for landing, it appeared to lose control and started spinning.

Musk confirmed that the rocket splashed down in the ocean, suggesting that there was an issue with one of the booster's so-called grid fins, which look like lattice pedals attached to the side of a rocket that help steer the booster during precision landings.

SpaceX preps light and sound show of a landing for California

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a cargo capsule toward the International Space Station and attempt to land on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean The spaceflight company SpaceX is one of several firms building private space taxis and cargo ships to launch astronauts and supplies into space .

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lights up the night sky over Florida as it launches a Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station from Cape To date, SpaceX has pulled off 25 first-stage touchdowns and reflown 14 such landed boosters. These activities are in service of the company's

"Engines stabilized rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water! Ships en route to rescue Falcon," Musk said in a subsequent tweet.

While the Falcon 9's first stage didn't nail its landing, the Dragon capsule reached orbit and is en route to the space station. The capsule is loaded with more than 5,600 pounds of supplies and science experiments for the orbiting outpost.

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Moldy mouse food postpones SpaceX launch.
SpaceX has postponed its cargo launch to the International Space Station until Wednesday after mold was found on food bars for a mouse experiment bound for the orbiting outpost, NASA said. The launch was initially set for Tuesday. The new time is 1:16 pm (1816 GMT) Wednesday. "The launch was moved to Wednesday after mold was found on food bars for a rodent investigation prior to handover to SpaceX," NASA said in a statement late Monday. "Teams will use the extra day to replace the food bars." Some 40 mice are part of the experiment aimed at studying the effects of microgravity in the immune system.

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