Technical glitch sees Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon rocket crash land in sea – The Telegraph

Technical glitch sees Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon rocket crash land in sea – The Telegraph

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A Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. The SpaceX booster missed its landing zone on the ground after liftoff, however, and ended up in the sea just a couple of miles offshore. Groans filled SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California, as live video showed the first-stage rocket booster spinning out of control, still high above Cape Canaveral. It was the company's first missed ground landing, although it has overshot floating barges plenty of times in the past, a tougher feat to pull off. A SpaceX commentator called it a "bummer, " but noted it was secondary to the Falcon 9 rocket's main mission of getting the Dragon capsule to orbit. SpaceX chief Elon Musk said the booster appeared to be undamaged. The hydraulic pump for the landing fins apparently stalled, but the engines stabilised the approximately 160-foot-tall booster just in time, allowing for "an intact landing in water!" Musk noted via Twitter. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon, " he tweeted. SpaceX's 12 previous ground landings - dating back to 2015 - all were successful. Altogether, the company has recovered 32 boosters following ....

It should reach the space station Saturday. "What a great day for a launch, " said Kennedy Space Center director Bob Cabana. Twenty years ago this week, Cabana commanded the shuttle mission that carried up the first U.S. part of the space station . Besides smoked turkey breast and all the other fixings for Christmas dinner, the delivery includes 40 mice and 36, 000 worms for ageing and muscle studies. . .

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