SpaceX Launches Dragon Cargo Ship to Space Station, But Misses Rocket Landing

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Thus, in theory, the company expects to reduce the price by $ 5 million.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 makes a splashdown after having problems approaching its planned landing zone. Dragon's flight to low-Earth orbit was supposed to happen Tuesday, but the mission was pushed back a day to replace some food being sent to the space station for experimental mice living there.

Falcon 9 B1050 fought til the end, coming to a shockingly soft landing despite spinning rapidly.

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The current International Space Station crew includes two Americans, two Russians, one German and one Canadian.

Following stage separation, the first stage booster landed safely on one of SpaceX's sea-faring pads, the Just Read the Instructions drone-ship in the Pacific Ocean.

"Engines stabilised rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water!"

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In about a decade or so, the Falcon family of rockets has become the most successful reusable booster in history.

It's been a busy time for Elon Musk and SpaceX, lately. "Recovery ship dispatched", Musk wrote, latter adding: "We may use it for an internal SpaceX mission". Moreover, when the rocket successfully landed on the court - delivering the ongoing mission of the SSO-A SmallSat Express more than 60 satellites from 35 partners to orbit - SpaceX experts also noted that the missile does not require any lengthy and complicated fix work, thereby indicating that subsequent start will be made, apparently, without any visible technical changes. Because rockets can be reused, SpaceX launches are cheaper and have boosted interest in space-based systems by a great factor.

The spacecraft will also carry a module to test robotically refueling liquid methane; an instrument that will use near-infrared lasers to measure the heights of Earth's forests; an experiment that will measure how bacteria biofilms grow in microgravity; a setup to grow large, pure protein crystals for analysis; and two student projects from NASA's and Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" Space Station Challenge. A backup launch opportunity is available on Friday, December 7 at 12:28 p.m. EST, or 17:28 UTC. It should reach the space station at the weekend.

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