SpaceX Hits a Setback; Falcon 9 Crashes After Satellite Launch

 

Vehicle Assembly Building roof at the Kennedy Space Center, a Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at 10:29 a.m. EDT (1429 GMT) with the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS 2A communications satellites. Image courtesy- spaceflightnow.com

Vehicle Assembly Building roof at the Kennedy Space Center, a Falcon 9 rocket lifts off at 10:29 a.m. EDT (1429 GMT) with the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS 2A communications satellites. Image courtesy- spaceflightnow.com

 

16 June 2016, USA :

SpaceX failed to keep the winning momentum as Falcon 9 crashed after launching the satellite. Despite successfully delivering two communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday, SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket failed to execute a complete landing on a droneship in the Atlantic.

About 10 minutes after the Wednesday morning launch, as the Falcon 9 first stage was approaching an autonomous landing pad barge named “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean, you could see large amounts of smoke and then the live video feed dropped. SpaceX later confirmed that the vehicle had been lost.

 

(Pic- reddit.com)

(Pic- reddit.com)

 

SpaceX chief Elon Musk said via Twitter that there was a problem with one of the three engines used to slow the first-stage booster for landing. He said it may be the hardest crash of all. Early attempts also failed.

The rocket apparently malfunctioned some 330 feet off the ground and was in flames when it reached the platform on the powered barge known as a drone ship live images via a SpaceX webcast showed.

Musk aims to revolutionize the launch industry by making rocket components reusable, much the same way as commercial airplanes.

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