Watch SpaceX Almost Succeed In Landing A Falcon 9 On Ship

Posted: Jan 18 2016, 12:31am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Watch SpaceX Almost Succeed in Landing a Falcon 9 on Ship
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The SpaceX Jason 3 mission was a success. Only the experimental landing of the stage 1 of Falcon 9 rocket failed again, but the almost made it. Watch video

SpaceX delivered the Jason 3 satellite successfully into orbit on Sunday. This is what Elon Musk's private space venture got paid for to do. The company again attempted to land the stage 1 of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship. This had failed twice before and it failed again Sunday, but it almost worked.

During the live webcast of the mission the video feed failed just when the stage 1 was about to land on the floating barge. A couple minutes later SpaceX announced that the landing failed because a landing leg broke.

Elon Musk shared a video on Instagram that shows the landing of stage 1. Watch below.

SpaceX said that the stage landed softly but leg 3 didn't lockout. The rocket stage was landing within 1.3 meters of droneship center.

Elon Musk is optimistic about the next attempt. He tweeted: "Well, at least the pieces were bigger this time! Won't be last RUD, but am optimistic about upcoming ship landing."

It is not known yet when the next SpaceX mission is lifting off. The list of upcoming mission is though packed.

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