SpaceX launches Dragon cargo ship to ISS, but fails to land rocket

Falcon rocket launching into space. Image via Pixabay

However, as soon as this crucial part was phased out, Falcon's first stage (most expensive portion of the rocket) that was supposed to navigate itself back to the earth malfunctioned.

SpaceX has failed to land its Falcon 9 rocket on its landing pad at Cape Canaveral for the first time since it began recovering its Falcon 9 rockets.

"Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data".

"The important point here is we have a safety function on board that makes sure the vehicle does not go on land until everything is OK, and that worked perfectly", SpaceX vice president Hans Koenisgman said.

The owner of SpaceX Elon Musk on this occasion, wrote on Twitter that a bad landing caused by a problem with a hydraulic pump.

The Falcon rocket used for Wednesday's launch was not used in any prior mission.

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John Insprucker also revealed that rocket's second stage was precise.

This mission should be 16 for of Dragon spacecraft under the commercial contract between NASA and SpaceX to supply the ISS. "Dragon confirmed in good orbit", followed shortly thereafter by confirmation that its solar arrays had deployed. "All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA", he added.

The rocket was initially meant to take off Tuesday but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system.

The Dragon is carrying more than 56-hundred pounds of supplies and payloads to the International Space Station, including critical materials to directly support more than 250 science and research investigations.

The bad food was replaced ahead of Wednesday's launch.

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