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SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket

08 December 2018

Earlier this week, the company launched 64 satellites (and a art project known as the Orbital Reflector) in what was the largest rideshare mission in history.

Meanwhile, a crowd gathered Thursday night at Jetty Park, hoping to see the rocket moved back to land.

The Dragon capsule should reach the orbiting lab on Saturday.

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

This mission should be 16 for of Dragon spacecraft under the commercial contract between NASA and SpaceX to supply the ISS. Before this 12 times, SpaceX has successfully boosted the booster to the ground. However, 7 minutes and 25 seconds after the launch, the first stage began tumbling uncontrollably towards the surface.

According to Musk, the rocket could still be re-used as its engines stabilised the spin just in time to ensure an intact landing in water.

Later, Musk posted the full video from on board the booster, showing the rocket spiral, then stabilize, then crash sideways into the water.

In a response to someone else's tweet, Musk clarified that SpaceX may use this Falcon 9 "for an internal SpaceX mission", but no further information on that was provided.

While the first stage booster did not land as intended, the fact that it survived the descent is no small feat.

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. Coverage will begin at about 02:00 a.m. PST (0:500 a.m. EST) with the capture expected to happen about 1 hour later.

SpaceX launches cargo, but fails to land rocket