Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Rocket carrying turkey, fruitcake heads to International Space Station

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Kristen Harrington | 06 December, 2018, 11:10

SpaceX usually lands the rocket's booster and refurbishes it for another flight. It should reach the space station at the weekend. "...it just lands on the water.Then it sinks in and falls over".

The failed landing was a first for a return-to-launch-site landing.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk said the booster appeared to be undamaged.

Musk also tweeted that the pump that failed didn't have a backup because "landing is considered ground safety critical, but not mission critical".

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CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter soon after the breathtaking loss of control and expected landing time, stating that the SpaceX team now pegged the failure on a grid fin's stalled hydraulic fin, which ultimately caused the wild spinning seen in the webcast.

The rocket is carrying the Dragon spacecraft in orbit. The booster, covered in black soot from its two prior flights, landed again on an ocean barge in the Pacific Ocean after launch, queuing up the rocket to fly for a fourth time. When asked if the booster would be reused, Musk replied, "We may use it for an internal SpaceX mission". As in this case, the launch itself had been successful; that time, though, a lack of fuel resulted in a botched landing. Several sonic booms from the booster's supersonic descent to Earth can be heard before it splashes down just out of sight beyond a barrier island.

But in this case, self-destruct criteria weren't met, and SpaceX got to perform a soft-ocean-landing maneuver that it has practiced before.

The Falcon 9 first stage used on the launch of a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station was meant to land at the company's Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral, several kilometers to the south of Space Launch Complex 40, where the rocket lifted off.

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SpaceX/YouTubeA SpaceX Grasshopper rocket self-destructs in August 2014 after an engine sensor failure. "And, as much as we are disappointed in this missed landing - or landing in the water, rather, instead of land - it shows the system overall knows how to recover from certain malfunctions". The Dragon spacecraft, which had previously been used for the CRS-10 mission in February of 2017, carried more than 2,540 kg (5,600 lbs) of supplies and payloads.

SpaceX is already the leading name in the realm of private space flight with many firsts to its name, but the company's most recent launch landed it in the record books multiple times over.

The launch can be viewed online for free via the SpaceX YouTube channel here.

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