After more than two dozen successful rocket landings, SpaceX's most recent attempt resulted in a splashdown, though the rocket remained intact and was retrieved by the company.
To the worldwide space station kicked off the sixteenth mission of the cargo ship Dragon under the NASA contract with SpaceX.
As with previous launches, the company began live-streaming the launch via webcast.
For the first time in its history, was unable to land the reusable Falcon 9 stage. At 10:26 am PST (01:26 pm EST), SpaceX announced "Second stage engine burn complete".
The Falcon 9 rocket blasted into a clear, chilly sky; the first-stage booster was aiming for a touchdown back at the launch site, once its job was done.
"Dragon, you saw separate, and now the solar arrays coming out". Before this 12 times, SpaceX has successfully boosted the booster to the ground.
The grid fins are used to stabilize the booster, which managed to stabilize at the last minute, enabling the rocket to make a gentle landing in the Atlantic Ocean.
In a video Musk posted from the perspective of the failed booster, one of the grid fins appears to be stuck, which undoubtedly threw the rocket off course. Below is the screenshot of Musk's tweet that was tweeted shortly after the incident. When asked if the booster would be reused, Musk replied, "We may use it for an internal SpaceX mission". In addition, this should not distract from the fact that the launch itself went by the numbers. The Dragon spacecraft, filled with 2.5 tons worth of cargo, was delivered into orbit and is expected to meet up with the ISS later in the week.
The arrival of the Dragon spacecraft will also be the subject of a live webcast.