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[Guardian UK] SpaceX Falcon 9: private space company’s floating barge mission fails

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The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket was launched by private space company SpaceX from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4.47am EST (9.47am GMT) after a previous attempt on Tuesday was aborted a minute before take-off because of technical problems.
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But the historic landing attempt failed. Around 20 minutes after take-off, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX tweeted: “Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho.

“Ship itself is fine. Some of the support equipment on the deck will need to be replaced…”, he added.

It was an immense challenge, with the 138ft long rocket travelling at nearly one mile a second as it came in to land on the 300ft by 100ft “autonomous spaceport drone ship”. SpaceX rated its chances of success at 50%.
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It added: “During previous attempts, we could only expect a landing accuracy of within 10 kilometres (six miles). For this attempt, we’re targeting a landing accuracy of within 10 metres (33 feet).”

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Edited by JCG - 1/10/15 at 10:06pm
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I don't know what's worse, the mission failing or the fact that they didn't even get good video of the mission failing. frown.gif
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I wouldn't necessarily call it a fail... The main mission (ISS resupply) went perfectly and the 1st stage that was supposed to land on the barge just hit the thing too fast due to some hydraulic fluid issues. It was extremely close to a pretty much flawless success.
 
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The 2nd stage being able to reignite multiple times to deliver payloads into different orbits seems really cool.
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This is some awesome stuff. SpaceX is doing so much to push space technology. Its exactly why the private sector should have been involved years ago when NASA stopped being well funded.
Not a failure at all, this is testing on never before done processes. You will not get it right the first time every time.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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I wouldn't call it a failure, if the ship is just fine.

Still, better than no landing at all.
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Originally Posted by num1son View Post

This is some awesome stuff. SpaceX is doing so much to push space technology. Its exactly why the private sector should have been involved years ago when NASA stopped being well funded.
Not a failure at all, this is testing on never before done processes. You will not get it right the first time every time.

Thanks for sharing!
Exactly my words. This man is trying never before done stuff, and he is not shaken by failures at all, because sorry guys, but that is exactly what it will take for us to become spacefairing.
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Definitely not a failure, but anytime you try something that hasn't been tried before, you may run into issues... More often than not, a failure is simply a learning experience so you can do it right the next time. thumb.gif
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post #9 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

Definitely not a failure, but anytime you try something that hasn't been tried before, you may run into issues... More often than not, a failure is simply a learning experience so you can do it right the next time. thumb.gif

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better."

Sorry your comment reminded me of this little quote biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 31
I feel like they should drop the first stage from a plane and have it land on the ship over and over till they get it dialed in just right. Would save time and money instead of launch the whole rocket and waiting for a real mission to test the thing.
Cool none the less though.
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