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Thursday, 6 & # 39; December 2018, 07:13 – F & # 39; quite dramatic conclusion to start with & # 39; otherwise b & # 39; numbers, the rocket Falcon 9 & # 39; SpaceX suffered the spending f & # 39; mid-air on Wednesday, but still managed to touch, reasonably safe and well, in waters near Cape Canaveral.
The launch of the office load CRS 16 & # 39; Wednesday to the International Space Station figured it would be just another f & # 39; & # 39 long series; successes for company & # 39; private launch, SpaceX. While the first and primary part of the mission – the safe delivery of the Dragon spacecraft to orbit, to its eventual grouping with the space station – went without a hitch, he could not say the same for the attempted & # 39; 9 booster rocket after.
As fans watch through the animated space & # 39; SpaceX launching and landing, the booster Falcon 9 was running from his normal routines by qalab back to the ground, and give them view incredible & # 39; Cape Canaveral from high above, through.
Less than a minute before the booster changed to & # 39; Landing Zone 1, however, the view of the rocket in & # 39; & # 39 blows began to move, back and forth.
Although the video feed from the Falcon 9 cut into & # 39; that point, it was clear something had gone wrong. Video from the ground, however, showed what looked landing was quite normal, except for the ending rocket imbaxxa on the water, rather than on the floor.
Shortly after landing, Elon Musk sent to Twitter, and said the cause of the problem: "The hydraulic pump stopped front of the grid, so Falcon landing only & # 39; outside the sea ". "It seems not bad and transmitting data. Ship & # 39; sent recovery."
Shortly thereafter, Musk added that the hydraulic pumps are among the & # 39; landing systems have redundancies. Does & # 39; this event, though, said that & # 39; likely to increase pumps and lines & # 39; reserve for rockets to launch in the future.
According to Musk, were saved the rocket engines, stabilizing his drive just before downloading & # 39; touchdown, and enabling it intact landing in the water.
While this attempt & # 39; landing & # 39; Falcon 9 was finally one failed, the sink was no error on the part of the rocket. Based on the discussion among the community launch into space on Twitter, as a precaution & # 39; safety, Falcon 9 to reach a landing in the area & # 39; Landing Zone 1 will actually aims to point the coast, first. Then, if all goes according to plan, the rocket alter his path, just before going & # 39; below, the pad & # 39; landing on the ground.
It is not clear, now, if the rocket can resume & # 39; hovering. Although made landing intact, can & # 39; a damaged components – both landing and from contact with sea water – take this rocket out of the roster of future launch vehicles .
The Dragon spacecraft lofted Into this booster orbit, on the other hand, is expected to arrive Saturday 8 & # 39; December at 6 a.m. Alexander Gerst of & # 39; ESA and Serena AUNON-Chancellor of & # 39; NASA then use Canadarm2 to track Dragon and berth spacecraft to & # 39; the station. Everyone up early on Saturday morning can & # 39; to see the whole procedure, on NASA TV. The approach and beat the Dragon begins at 4: 30 a.m. EST, and coverage of installing Dragon capsule to the ISS starting from 7.30 a.m. until 9 a.m. EST.
source: Elon Musk | SpaceX
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