It has completed its cargo mission and transported almost 4,000 pounds of food and equipment, this is a success but it has failed to complete its second mission despite coming so close to the completion of the objective.
The Falcon 9 rockets first stage blasted off at 4:10 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and it reached a height of about 80 miles, before flying back to the ship for landing which is located in the Atlantic Ocean some 200 miles off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.
But as the falcon was landing it seemed everything was working well and it was landing properly, but it has hit the ground too hard or landed in a different position.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted, “Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing.”
This marked the second try for landing the rocket on the ship.
First try was in January, which has also failed where the rocket has crashed despite hitting the target as it ran out of hydraulic fluid for its steering fins.
This is the second failure in landing the rocket; with this the company said that they are reviewing what went wrong in the second try.
Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of the company said, there are few improvements in the second trail over the first one and “I’m pretty sure we’ll figure this out and make it work on the barge, it’s just a matter of finding the right parameters, finding the right method to do this.”
SpaceX will be goind for the third try in June; this is when the next International Space Station resupply mission is scheduled.