SpaceX Successfully Launches Satellite But Misses The Landing
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket successfully deployed its communication satellite payload, but it hit the landing pad too hard upon re-entry.By Matt Picht | March 4, 2016
Space continues to be complicated as hell. After four aborted launches, SpaceX finally managed to successfully put a communications satellite into orbit. Unfortunately, the Falcon 9 rocket once again crashed into the floating barge it was supposed to land on.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk isn't too broken up about the crash; he tweeted that the rocket's re-entry speed made a successful landing unlikely this time, but he's optimistic about the next launch.
The mission takes SpaceX one step closer to its goal of turning the Falcon 9 into a fully reusable rocket. It managed a successful ground landing in December, but landing on a tiny barge in the middle of the ocean has proved more taxing.