SpaceX's Falcon rocket ditches in water after sending cargo to ISS

Falcon rocket launching into space. Image via Pixabay
Falcon rocket launching into space. Image via Pixabay

10 December, 2018

The first stage rocket had separated normally several minutes after the lift-off, but as it approached the landing site, it started spinning rapidly. The Dragon spacecraft, filled with 2.5 tons worth of cargo, was delivered into orbit and is expected to meet up with the ISS later in the week.

The Falcon rocket used for Wednesday's launch was not used in any prior mission. "Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data". He wrote, "The engine stabilized the rocket spin on time, due to which the Falcon could safely land safely in the water".

There was a problem with the grid fin hydraulic pump, he explained, so the rocket landed in the sea.

"The important point here is we have a safety function on board that makes sure the vehicle does not go on land until everything is OK, and that worked perfectly", SpaceX vice president Hans Koenisgman said.

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"Dragon, you saw separate, and now the solar arrays coming out. All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA". SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station. Through this cargo, Species was sending supplies science experiments and food to astronauts living at the International Space Station.

The Dragon spacecraft, carrying almost 3 tons of science and supplies, is scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Saturday.

Besides all the fixings for Christmas dinner, the delivery includes 40 mice and 36,000 worms for aging and muscle studies. By the time the mission ends, these worms should have increased their population to between two to three million, according to scientists.

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