Falcon 9 Rocket Lands, but Doesn't Survive

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CRS-6 First Stage Landing -- The sixth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract launched on Tuesday, April 14, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The company's Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 4:10:40 p.m., carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft to the station. Dragon made it safely to orbit without a hitch. But the second attempt to land Falcon's first stage on an autonomous drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean fell short. According to flight controllers on SpaceX's audio feed, the first stage executed its boostback, entry and landing burns as planned. Nineteen minutes after liftoff, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that the Falcon landed on the drone ship, but did not survive. Elon Musk says "Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing".

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  1. kiwi68
    kiwi68 Apr 17, 2015


  2. RelayerM31
    RelayerM31 Apr 19, 2015

    You know, SpaceX is doing something that government (miss)run NASA could never do. NASA has had 50+ years to figure out how to bring back a booster but couldn't do it. A guy who knows little about physics/engineering is doing it. Go private space!

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