Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket crashes on barge landing attempt

SpaceX just successfully launched its sixth resupply mission to the International Space Station, but its second attempt to land the reusable Falcon 9 rocket has apparently failed:

Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2015

We falcon punched the barge... @SpaceX CRS-6

— SpaceX Engineer (@SpaceXEngineer) April 14, 2015

Hitting the barge is a tough task — SpaceX once compared it to balancing a broomstick on your hand — so it sounds like the company's attempt was accurate, even if something got in the way of a soft landing.

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