SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 twice visited the space the first step

SpaceX в третий раз запустила ракету Falcon 9

SpaceX в третий раз запустила ракету Falcon 9

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule are scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral at 1:16 p.m. ET Wednesday.

In what has become a rare sight, the Falcon 9 vertical on the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station awaiting blast off is a new rocket. The private company expects to start launching station crews next year.

This is SpaceX's 20th launch for the year 2018, surpassing its record number launches by two.

"The first stage did land in the water", SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said during a live webcast. The Dragon capsule, which previously traveled to the Space Station in February 2017, will be loaded with almost three tons of equipment, food, spare parts and scientific experiments. But after the second stage separated and continued toward space, the returning first stage twisted and danced in the sky as it plunged towards its landing pad.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 makes a splashdown after having problems approaching its planned landing zone. Unfortunately, SpaceX suffered a malfunction when a grin fin hydraulic pump stalled and Falcone landed out to sea. CEO Elon Musk further noted that Falcon 9 B1050 - despite landing in the ocean - was intact and still transmitting telemetry, potentially allowing SpaceX to still recovery the forlorn rocket.

SpaceX в третий раз запустила ракету Falcon 9
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SpaceX chief Elon Musk said the booster appeared to be undamaged.

And earlier today (Wednesday Dec. 5th), SpaceX launched its sixteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-16) to the International Space Station (ISS). Canadarm2) to capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory.

In late August, sensors detected a small pressure drop in the station's air supply that was traced to a leak in the upper habitation module of the Soyuz MS-09 vehicle. Three of the scientists are rapidly nearing the end of their stay in space and will be headed back to Earth on December 20th, leaving the three ISS residents that arrived a few days ago to enjoy the Christmas meal.

Flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston will take over at that point, operating the arm by remote control to pull the Dragon in for berthing at the Earth-facing port of the station's forward Harmony module.

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