Alas as expected the rocket failed to land on a drone ship in the middle of the sea later.
It seems SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space. But not all victories are complete, because as expected the rocket failed to land properly.
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The rocket was supposed to land the vehicle on a drone ship at sea afterward. According to CEO Elon Musk, the rocket ‘landed hard’ on the drone ship.
Musk also clarified the mission requirements made a successful rocket landing unlikely. Since the rocket was taking a heavy satellite into a high orbit in space.
Since this was the fourth time SpaceX's attempted to land the Falcon 9 the expectations were low. Post-launch the rocket was supposed to land on an autonomous drone ship floating in the ocean.
The previous three attempts to land the rocket had failed, although the third time the rocket had come very close to landing. The expectations of a successful landing were low from the start of the mission.
The rocket had to send a heavy satellite into a high orbit, which requires a lot of fuel for the launch itself. Therefore not much fuel is left for the return trip to earth and powered landing is unlikely.
It is to be noted SpaceX was successful in landing its Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground. Landing on ground is easier than sea, since the rocket touches down on a large expanse of immobile land.
However ground landings are not possible for some missions, so they have to make do with a ship floating on the ocean. Not one to give up SpaceX will keep trying to perfect its ocean landings.
Besides landing at sea requires less fuel, making it suitable for rockets which travel at especially high speeds.
Let’s look at the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, which accomplished its primary goal. The rocket took a telecommunications satellite into space for SpaceX’s client called SES.
The rocket dropped off the SES-9 satellite at high altitude. The satellite will use its own propulsion to travel and sit at 22,000 miles above the equator. According to SES, the satellite will provide communications service. To areas such as the Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Indonesia.
Rocket landed hard on the droneship. Didn't expect this one to work (v hot reentry), but next flight has a good chance.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2016
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