Monday witnessed both a Soyuz rocket blasting three newcomers to the ISS and a Falcon 9 rocket taking 64 smallsats into orbit 310 miles (500 km) above Earth.
The cause of the rocket's spin, according to Musk, was a stalling out of one of the rocket's "grid fin hydraulic pump". Unfortunately the first-stage booster, that was scheduled to land back at the launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, failed the approach and made a water landing off the coast. CEO Elon Musk further noted that Falcon 9 B1050 - despite landing in the ocean - was intact and still transmitting telemetry, potentially allowing SpaceX to still recovery the forlorn rocket. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", Musk tweeted along with a GIF of the first stage spinning during its descent. In the background, viewers could still hear the team on-console making callouts as the rocket's landing burn started, culminating in a call for the landing team to "move to contingency procedure [s]", the only SpaceX affirmation that something went wrong.
Landing Zone 1 is located only 1,000 feet away from the Atlantic Ocean, which makes a last-minute detoured water landing attainable in the event of a malfunction. "Public safety was well-protected here", Hans Koenigsmann offered after the launch.
The disappointment was offset by the successful flight of the Dragon capsule and its 5,600 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of cargo. The company is contracted with NASA to help bring people in addition to supplies to the space station.
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Besides smoked turkey breast and all the other fixings for Christmas dinner, the delivery includes 40 mice and 36,000 worms for aging and muscle studies. It turns out their muscles are similar to ours in structure and function, making them ideal lab substitutes, said lead scientist Timothy Etheridge of the University of Exeter in England.
But as the Associated Press reports, the launch was delayed by a day because food for some of the station's other residents was moldy. More food had to be rushed in from California.
Based in Seattle, Washington, Spaceflight helps companies like SpaceX identify, book, and manage rideshare launches like the one on December 3.