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Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:13 pm – In a rather dramatic conclusion to run otherwise because of the numbers, Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket failed in mid-air on Wednesday, but still managed to land, reasonably safe and sound, in the waters near Cape Canaveral.
Dragon CRS-16 cargo launch on Wednesday at the International Space Station looked like it was going to be just another in a long line of successful private launch companies SpaceX. While the first and foremost part of the mission – safe delivery Dragon spacecraft into orbit, to its eventual rendezvous with the space station – went off without a hitch, the same can be said about trying to put the Falcon 9 launch vehicle afterwards.
As the crowd watched via live SpaceX to launch and landing, Falcon 9 booster going through its normal procedures, she sank down to the ground, giving each an incredible view of Cape Canaveral from a height, using the down pointing rocket chamber,
Less than a minute before the carrier rocket was set to land on a landing zone 1, however, the view from the rocket suddenly began to move back and forth.
Although the video feed from the Falcon 9 is cut at that time, it was clear that something had gone wrong. Video from the ground, however, showed what looked like a fairly normal landing, for the rocket ended landing on the water, but not the exclusion of land.
Shortly after landing, Elon Musk posted on Twitter, stating the reason for the problem: "Network fin pump stalled, so Falcon landed in the sea," he said. "From the & # 39 is intact and data transmission. Restoring the ship goes. "
Shortly thereafter, Musk said that the hydraulic pump is not among planting systems that are redundant. On this occasion, however, he said that they are likely to add redundant pumps and a line for rockets that launch in the future.
According to Musk, is the engine that saved missiles, stabilizing his back just before landing, and allow it to make an undamaged landing in the water.
While this Falcon 9 touchdown attempt was ultimately did not get one, the water landing, there was no error on the part of the rocket. On the basis of discussion among space launches on Twitter community, as a precaution, in the Falcon 9 coming in to land on a landing zone 1 will actually target point of the coast, in the first place. Then, if all goes according to plan, the rocket moves its way through, just before touch down to the landing site on land.
It is unclear at the moment, or & # 39 is this missile can be flown again. Despite what did land intact, there may be damaged components – both the landing and contact with sea water – that take the rocket to the registry of future launch vehicles.
Spaceship Dragon, that the booster sections of the orbit, on the other hand, is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station on Saturday, December 8, and the 6th night Eastern time. Gersten ESG and NASA Serena Auñón Chancellor will use Canadarm2 to bond the Dragon and spacecraft with mooring station. Any early Saturday morning can watch the entire procedure on NASA TV. Suitable and Dragon fighting begins at 4:30 ET overnight and coverage Dragon capsule installation to ISS operates from 7:30 am to 9 hours, EST.
source: Elon Musk | SpaceX
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