Its not easy trying to land a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket onto an automated barge with weather conditions continuously promoting the death of the Falcon. On Sunday, January 17th, SpaceX used the Falcon 9 to launch the Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite into orbit and the Falcon made its way down to Earth attempting to land on a barge out in the Pacific, but failed and well exploded when it tilted and hit the landing pad, called the droneship.
Here is the drone ship posted by Elon Musk on Twitter:
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted a video on Instagram, which shows the rocket landing but begins to tilt, and you can see that one of the legs gives in. That imbalance causes the rocket to fall and hit the pad, it was so close to a perfect landing even with the 12 to 15 foot ocean waves and foggy weather.
Watch the video from Elon Musk’s Instagram:
Falcon lands on droneship, but the lockout collet doesn’t latch on one the four legs, causing it to tip over post landing. Root cause may have been ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff.
This was the fourth attempt by SpaceX to land a rocket safely onto one of their droneships at sea. Though don’t be depressed or lose sight of the goal. Landing rockets its tough business and SpaceX is already halfway there.
Elon Musk adds humor to it and isn’t giving up.
Elon Musk Twitter:
Though lets not forget that last December SpaceX made history by landing the Falcon 9 on land after launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. That landing was one the most beautiful things I have seen and am anticipating more.