SpaceX Breaks Launch Record

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:10

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:10

This mission should be 16 for of Dragon spacecraft under the commercial contract between NASA and SpaceX to supply the ISS.

The founder of SpaceX Elon Musk has published on Twitter a video with the fall of the first stage of the rocket Falcon 9 in the Atlantic ocean.

The CRS-16 mission launched supplies to the ISS on Wednesday, but the booster headed for the landing pad missed and landed in the water instead, ending SpaceX's flawless record of 12 previous successful landings.

The launch marked the fourth flight of the Hawthorne-based aerospace firm's $62 million reusable Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster, which reportedly failed to land properly because of hydraulics issues.

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

Even though it didn't manage to get back to its landing pad, the rocket had enough smarts on board to stabilise itself before it fell into the water.

Minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage separated as normal, but as that booster part prepared into position for landing, it appeared to lose control and started spinning. Earlier this week, the company launched 64 satellites (and a art project known as the Orbital Reflector) in what was the largest rideshare mission in history.

NASA spokeswoman Megan Powers wrote in an email that Musk met with NASA deputy director of exploration and human operations Bill Gerstenmaier in Washington.

The rocket engines compensated somewhat for the spin, and by the time the rocket hit the water, its fin had emerged.

This is the first time that SpaceX has failed to land the booster on the ground. The Dragon capsule last flew to the space station in February 2017. The rocket was loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living there.

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