SpaceX has greatly improved its rockets in the last few years. They got a big contract with NASA, and they are working tirelessly to get mankind not only to the moon but to Mars as well.
The company has successfully completed its 16th resupply mission launch as the Dragon cargo ship made its way to the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of NASA. The ship carried 2.5 tons of supplies, experiments, and provisions for the astronauts living on the International Space Station.
“It was an incredible launch,” Joel Montalbano, NASA’s deputy ISS program manager, said in a statement.
“This was the fourth launch in three weeks to the space station.”
And while the Dragon Ship delivered it supplies, the first stage of the reusable Falcon rocket, which was supposed to land on its landing pad on the ground in Cape Canaveral had reentry issues, causing it to malfunction on the way.
This prevented the Falcon rocket from successfully landing, and forced it to crashland in the water.
“Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea. Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.
“Engines stabilized rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water! Ships en route to rescue Falcon.”
Tracking shot of Falcon water landing pic.twitter.com/6Hv2aZhLjM
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 5, 2018