SpaceX rocket launched successfully, landed ‘too hard for survival’
Today SpaceX successfully launched its latest mission to the International Space Station, but couldn’t reach its goal of safely landing the rocket’s first stage on a barge. According to CEO Elon Musk, while the ascent was successful, the “Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.” There’s no video of the landing attempt yet, but hopefully soon we’ll be able to see how close it came. This outcome isn’t entirely unexpected, as Musk tweeted yesterday that the chance of a successful landing by the end of the year stands at 80 percent only because the company has so many launches planned. NASA video replaying the launch is embedded after the break.
Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2015
#Dragon‘s solar arrays have deployed, spacecraft now safely on its way to the space station.
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 14, 2015
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