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

Mindy Sparks
December 8, 2018

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

While the Dragon capsule is now on its way to the ISS, the rocket's spent first stage rocket failed to land properly at its designated "Landing Zone 1" pad along the Cape Canaveral coast.

The rocket engines compensated somewhat for the spin, and by the time the rocket hit the water, its fin had emerged.

SpaceX is contracted to carry out resupply missions to the ISS through 2024 using the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft.

SpaceX commentator John Insprooker said, "We have done an excellent lift".

Unfortunately, a grid fin failure resulted in the booster spinning, which was caught on video and shared by company CEO Elon Musk on his Twitter account.

Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo was launched at 1:16 pm from Cape Canaveral (Florida).

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

Videos swirling across the internet shows that the booster got out of the control as it headed towards the designated landing spot.

It represents SpaceX's 16th commercial resupply services mission.

"Dragon, you saw separate, and now the solar arrays coming out". Broadcast of the launch were SpaceX and NASA. The rocket was loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living there.

If that first test of the unpiloted SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft goes well, a second test will fly astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station in June.

The Dragon spacecraft, carrying almost 3 tons of science and supplies, is scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Saturday.

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