SpaceX Christmas Delivery Arrives At Space Station
- Author: Essie Rivera Dec 10, 2018,
Dec 10, 2018, 1:22
Later it became known that the ship was successfully launched into orbit.
The mission was SpaceX s 16th mission for NASA as part of a long-term contract to ferry supplies to space.
Musk also tweeted a video from on board the booster, showing the rocket spinning uncontrollably until it regained stability at the last moment, but missed the landing pad.
The head of the company SpaceX Elon Musk has said that for some unknown reason stopped the hydraulic pump, which reveals one of the brake plates (rudders) to the desired position.
"It seems that the stage is not damaged and is sending data".
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:16 p.m. local time.
Earlier it was reported that the Falcon 9 rocket with twice used the first stage, launched into orbit from 64 satellite.
Meanwhile, an attempt to recover the booster's first stage ended in failure when the booster appeared to spin out of control during its final descent, settling to an off-target "landing" in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the launch site. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote.
As of Thursday night, there was no word from SpaceX or Port Canaveral as to when the rocket booster will be towed in from sea.
The effort is aimed at reducing the cost of launches by re-using expensive components, instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after each mission. The rocket was loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living there. It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough to be captured by the space station's robot arm.