SpaceX Successfully Launches to Space Station But Rocket had a Soft Landing Crash

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into to orbit on Wednesday, carrying supplies to the ISS.

SpaceX launched CRS 16 to the space station and was successful. The booster was trying to re-enter and land but instead had a spectacular crash into the ocean. However, the rocket was still intact.

The grid fin had problems. The booster started to spin off axis and it’s starting spinning faster and faster. It soft crashed into the ocean as it only was able to get some control when it was already very low. It did not control itself to move to the landing craft. It slow up so that it did not break up and minimized damage.

Elon tweeted:

Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea. Appears to be undamaged & is transmitting data. Recovery ship dispatched.

Engines stabilized rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water! Ships en route to rescue Falcon.

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