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SpaceX Falcon 9 boosts Dragon cargo ship to orbit, first stage misses landing target


SpaceX Falcon 9 boosts Dragon cargo ship to orbit, first stage misses landing target Two days after a successful launch from California, SpaceX fired off another Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Wednesday, this one carrying a Dragon cargo ship loaded with 5,660 pounds of equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station. But an attempt to recover the booster’s first stage ended in failure when a hydraulic system malfunction caused the booster to rapidly spin and tilt about its long axis during its final descent. As a result, the rocket landed well off target, settling to a gentle, upright “landing” in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the launch site.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 6)

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