SpaceX Rocket Blows Up Upon Landing

Posted: Jan 19 2016, 1:41am CST | by , Updated: Jan 19 2016, 2:00am CST, in News | Latest Science News


Elon Musk Explains SpaceX Rocket Explosion upon Landing

A rocket belonging to SpaceX that had been sent into space blew up upon landing.

SpaceX tried to land a rocket at sea but it failed miserably at the task. Although its main goal of launching the Jason-3 satellite was a success, this exploding of the rocket upon landing shows that not all is well with SpaceX.

While the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket underwent a perfect lift-off, its landing went awry. This venture was spearheaded by NASA, CNES and EUMETSAT. It began operations in the early 90s. 

The major aim of the project is to note down the rise or fall of sea levels. Weather forecasting is another goal. Measurements of hurricane activity and other phenomena take place regularly via this method.

Also the satellite was meant to track ocean patterns that may come in handy later on in managing fisheries. SpaceX tried to land its rocket on the sea surface but something went wrong in the end.

Already a rocket belonging to SpaceX had successfully landed on the ground. But the mission to land at sea failed desperately. The problem was one of the landing legs which proved dysfunctional, states Elon Musk on Instagram. At the last minute, the rocket exploded.   

The main reason behind a soft landing on the drone ship has everything to do with the velocity of the rocket. It had nothing to do with flexibility issues or economy.

The attempt to land the rocket in an upright manner simply could not be accomplished. The platform where it landed was in the Pacific Ocean. The SpaceX rocket was responsible for carrying a satellite into orbit around the earth.

One of the causes of the failure may have been ice accumulation because of condensation at lift-off. This is the fourth time SpaceX has sent a rocket into space and brought it back. The art of perfection that Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, is into is very fine indeed. The slightest mistake can cost a lot. 

The rockets are costly alright. They have price tags that range from $60 million to $90 million. SpaceX is into trying to reuse the rockets. This would save up on the extra money needed to construct a rocket from scratch every time there is a mission.

After three failures, SpaceX had finally landed a rocket on ground level. But now this dismal failure has occurred. More care will be needed if future missions are to be a success. 

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