SpaceX launches Dragon Cargo Ship, Rocket Landing for the First Time Failed

SpaceX launches Dragon Cargo Ship, Rocket Landing for the First Time Failed

In a post-launch press briefing, SpaceX's vice president of build and flight reliability, Hans Koenigsmann, said the booster worked as designed, targeting the water - instead of land or buildings - when it sensed a malfunction.

But the tall portion of the rocket missed its goal of securing an upright landing on solid ground at Cape Canaveral s Landing Zone 1.

'Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea, ' Musk wrote on Twitter. This landing, while not 100% successful, was smooth enough that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company may re-use the rocket for an internal mission.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off successfully at 1:16 pm Eastern Standard Time from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying 2,500 kilos of supplies, including science experiments and food for six astronauts now on board the ISS.

The rocket carried more than 5,000 pounds of food and supplies to the ISS and launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Meanwhile, an attempt to recover the booster's first stage ended in failure when the booster appeared to spin out of control during its final descent, settling to an off-target "landing" in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the launch site. 'Ships en route to rescue Falcon'.

Other experiments among the more than 250 on board include a new kind of mustard green lettuce that astronauts will grow in space. The main aim of the mission was a success, delivering the supplies to the orbiting space lab.

It should arrive at the space station on Saturday.

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