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Rocket landing missed for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX - Falcon 9 / SES-9 Mission patch.

March 5, 2016

Image Above: The launch of the Falcon 9 carrying the SES-9 satellite for communications services to several countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Friday a SpaceX rocket placed a communications satellite into orbit but the recovery of reusable stage, which had to land on a platform off the coast of Florida, failed.

Launch & Landing of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SES-9

After four posponed launches, the US company SpaceX successfully launched Friday a telecommunications satellite for Luxembourg-based SES but again failed to do then ask the first stage of its launch vehicle on a barge in the Atlantic.

SES-9 satellite

The satellite was deployed after separation from the second floor a little more than 30 minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 23:35 GMT. He then reached the planned altitude of 40'600 km above the equator, said on Twitter Elon Musk, the founder and head of SpaceX.

Several consecutive failures
But the private company failed to make a soft landing on the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean 640 km coast of Florida.

First Stage Landing Attempt for SpaceX Falcon 9 SES-9

"The first stage crashed on the barge," wrote Elon Musk, adding that he "did not expect a success but there was a good chance for the upcoming launch."

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Images, Videos, Text, Credits: SpaceX/Günter Space Page/ Aerospace/Roland Berga.


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