Falcon 9 was destroyed when landing on floating platform


The Falcon 9 rocket with a communication satellite, SES-9 are unable to make a successful landing on a floating platform in the ocean, it was destroyed. About it reports Reuters referring to the statement made by the company SpaceX.

The head of SpaceX Elon Musk said in his Twitter that the rocket made a hard landing, and recalled that the company did not expect that planting will be successful.

Rocket landed hard on the droneship. Didn’t expect this one to work (hot v reentry), but the next flight has a good chance.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 5, 2016

In the night of Saturday, the fifth SpaceX attempts Falcon launched from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral in Florida, rocket has delivered into orbit, SES-9, said Musk. This is the second of 12 planned for 2016 launches of SpaceX, the first was held on January 16. Then the company was hoping to land a reusable rocket stage on a floating platform in the ocean, but on landing, it was damaged.

Initially start was planned for the night of 25 February, but then it was canceled because of bad weather. Start because of bad weather or technical problems were transferred three more times — 26 February, 29 February and 2 March.

While SpaceX immediately warned that it did not expect a successful landing of the rocket. This is due to the fact that the satellite will be displayed on the geostationary orbit, having a “unique profile”. As explained Musk, SES-9 will be moved to a higher orbit. This would require a lot of speed and, accordingly, a greater fuel load. Remaining after removal of a satellite into orbit, the fuel is not enough to return the first stage of the rocket on the Ground. “It is physically impossible to return to the launch pad,” wrote Musk.

For the first time to carry out a successful landing of the lower stage of the reusable Falcon 9 rocket, to save it for reuse, the company was able to Mask at the end of December.