SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket that successfully lifted off putting the Dragon cargo capsule in orbit on Saturday, but the rocket’s first stage at sea ended with a crash.
The primary goal of the launch was to send more than 2.3 tonnes of supplies, equipment and experiments to the International Space Station aboard the Dragon and SpaceX completed that part of mission successfully.
Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 10, 2015
After the Dragon and the Falcon’s second stage separated and went on their way , the first stage was programmed to try flying itself back to an “autonomous spaceport drone ship” that was waiting about 200 miles off Florida’s Atlantic coast. SpaceX’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, said in a Twitter update that the stage “made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard.”
“Close, but no cigar this time” he said.