Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. As USA Today notes, the rocket's booster was the first Falcon 9 to launch three missions, an important part of the company's plan to reduce costs by reusing rockets.
Two days after a successful launch from California, SpaceX fired off another Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, this one carrying a Dragon cargo ship loaded with more than 5,660 pounds of equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station.
If weather conditions hold, the launch is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:16 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, according to NASA.
Based in Seattle, Washington, Spaceflight helps companies like SpaceX identify, book, and manage rideshare launches like the one on December 3. That means SpaceX has beaten last year's record and is one inch closer to meeting the 22 launches goal.
Koenigsmann said the booster deliberately avoided land after sensing a problem, a built-in safety feature, and even managed to touch down upright in the Atlantic, atop its landing legs. 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. 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.
CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter soon after the breathtaking loss of control and expected landing time, stating that the SpaceX team now pegged the failure on a grid fin's stalled hydraulic fin, which ultimately caused the wild spinning seen in the webcast.
The mold had grown on food for 40 mice which, along with 36,000 worms, were also shipped to the space station for aging and muscle studies.
The launch cargo resupply mission, the 16th carried out by SpaceX, will be broadcast live on NASA TV. Canadarm2) to capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory. Three of the crew members arrived earlier this week and they'll remain there for the next six months.