SpaceX rocket still floating in Atlantic Ocean after botched ground landing

The CRS-16 mission launched supplies to the ISS on Wednesday, but the booster headed for the landing pad missed and landed in the water instead, ending SpaceX's ideal record of 12 previous successful landings.

The head of the company SpaceX Elon Musk has said that for some unknown reason stopped the hydraulic pump, which reveals one of the brake plates (rudders) to the desired position.

The US military described Wednesday's mission as "a successful launch but a non-nominal landing".

The launch marked the fourth flight of the Hawthorne-based aerospace firm's $62 million reusable Falcon 9 first-stage rocket booster, which reportedly failed to land properly because of hydraulics issues.

'Engines stabilized rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water!' Musk tweeted. "Ships on the way to salvation Falcon", - wrote in the video Musk.

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"Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data".

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

SpaceX broke its 2017 record of 18 rocket launches December 3, launching 64 small satellites into low-Earth orbit for Seattle aerospace outfit Spaceflight Industries Inc.

This mission should be 16 for of Dragon spacecraft under the commercial contract between NASA and SpaceX to supply the ISS.

The Dragon capsule should reach the orbiting lab on Saturday. Instead of landing at SpaceX's designated landing pad, it ended up submerging in the Atlantic Ocean - just off the Florida coast. The mice and their habitat were loaded into spacecraft shortly before launch, but the spoiled food had to be replaced ahead of launch.

  • Douglas Reid