SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

Falcon rocket launching into space. Image via Pixabay

Falcon rocket launching into space. Image via Pixabay

However, as soon as this crucial part was phased out, Falcon's first stage (most expensive portion of the rocket) that was supposed to navigate itself back to the earth malfunctioned.

"Engines stabilised rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water!"

The Falcon 9 booster, which made a watery landing Wednesday following a mission to resupply the International Space Station, was retrieved from the water off the coast of the Cape late Friday morning.

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

"Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet after the missed landing.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:10 pm.

Later it became known that the ship was successfully launched into orbit.

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This is the first time that SpaceX has failed to land the booster on the ground.

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

What is Falcon 9?This is rocket, belonging to the class of Falcon. Broadcast of the launch were SpaceX and NASA.

The rocket was initially meant to take off Tuesday but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system.

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.

The bad food was replaced ahead of Wednesday's launch.

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