Falcon 9 Rocket Crashes After Successful ISS Cargo Delivery

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

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.

This was SpaceX's sixteenth supply mission to the International Space Station.

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. The booster, No. B1050, was still transmitting data back to SpaceX after it landed in the water.

The owner of SpaceX Elon Musk on this occasion, wrote on Twitter that a bad landing caused by a problem with a hydraulic pump.

Minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage separated as normal, but as that booster part prepared into position for landing, it appeared to lose control and started spinning.

For failure, the first stage of a reusable launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 landed nearly on the shores of Florida.

Ocean platform landings have proven a bit trickier, but SpaceX has managed to stick the landing, whether on land or sea, 32 times in all. Through this cargo, Species was sending supplies science experiments and food to astronauts living at the International Space Station.

The rocket launched Wednesday was brand new and it is not clear yet what went wrong with the grid fin.

Dragon is slated to rendezvous with the orbiting lab early Saturday and re-enter Earth's atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California in January, according to NASA.

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