Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Today the ISS will send a Falcon 9 with a cargo spacecraft

Falcon rocket launching into space. Image via Pixabay Falcon rocket launching into space. Image via Pixabay
Theresa Hayes | 08 December, 2018, 14:57

It also became known that SpaceX postponed the launch of the Falcon Heavy with the satellite for the Arabsat company at the end of 2018.

SpaceX successfully launched ISS cargo from Cape Canaveral in Florida this afternoon, and as it has 26 times in the past, planned to land its Falcon 9 rocket for reuse.

SpaceX is in a long-term contract with NASA to ferry supplies to space.

But the tall portion of the rocket missed its goal of securing an upright landing on the solid ground at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1.

The rocket's first stage booster-the large bottom half of the rocket that gets the craft into space-typically lands back on a platform either on land or at sea.

"Engines stabilised rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water!" It appeared to be undamaged and was transmitting data, Musk said, adding that a recovery ship was sent to retrieve it.

A hydraulic pump on one of the first stage grid fins stalled, and the booster ended up splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean in a water landing, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter. 'Ships en route to rescue Falcon'.

The effort is aimed at reducing the cost of launches by re-using expensive components, instead of jettisoning them in the ocean after each mission. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.

The Dragon space capsule that flew on Wednesday was used once before, on a supply mission in February 2017.

In September 2014, NASA awarded the two companies a huge $6.8 billion contract to ensure that the United States would continue to send USA astronauts to the International Space Station without buying the headquarters of the Russian Soyuz probe.