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SpaceX's Falcon rocket ditches in water after sending cargo to ISS

08 December 2018
SpaceX's Falcon rocket ditches in water after sending cargo to ISS

"Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data".

Today, 5 December 2018, after a daily postponement the carrier rocket Falcon 9 SpaceX needs otpraviti cargo spacecraft Dragon to the worldwide space station (ISS) with 2.5 tons of cargo. Instead of landing at SpaceX's designated landing pad, it ended up submerging in the Atlantic Ocean - just off the Florida coast.

"The important point here is we have a safety function on board that makes sure the vehicle does not go on land until everything is OK, and that worked perfectly", SpaceX vice president Hans Koenisgman said.

'Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea, ' Musk wrote on Twitter.

The Dragon cargo ship successfully made it to orbit, which was the primary goal of the launch.

SpaceX has a contract to ferry American astronauts to the space station as part of what's known as the Commercial Crew program with NASA, but the timeline for the first flights has slipped repeatedly.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:10 pm. During the landing she lost control and began to spin around its axis.

The Falcon rocket used for Wednesday's launch was not used in any prior mission. "All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA", he added. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.

In September 2014, NASA awarded the two companies a huge $6.8 billion contract to ensure that the United States would continue to send USA astronauts to the International Space Station without buying the headquarters of the Russian Soyuz probe.