US space transport services firm SpaceX on Tuesday blasted off a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) along with Dragon, an uncrewed cargo spacecraft, on a flight at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Even though this easy part was successfully launched, the private space exploration company made an unsuccessful bid while landing a rocket staged on a floating barge.
“Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival,” SpaceX founder and billionaire CEO Elon Musk tweeted soon after the launch.
Later on Musk clarified that the company’s rocket landed, but tipped over.
“Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing pic.twitter.com/eJWzN6KSJa,” Musk tweeted further.
The space company made rigorous effort to land a Falcon 9 rocket on the drone ship in January this year, but the rocket skidded at an angle and explosion occurred. SpaceX has said it will keep trying and, after it masters landing at sea, hopes to someday land rockets on the ground.
Falcon 9 first stage landing burn and touchdown on Just Read the Instructions https://t.co/4Te0BfT2Qn
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 15, 2015
The Dragon will be docking with the International Space Station a couple of days following launch for the delivery of over 4,300 pounds of supplies, including ISSpresso and research equipment and other related items.
ISSpresso, an espresso maker, is meant at providing coffee and tea for the astronauts at the ISS.
The launch of Tuesday was the second attempt by the space company for this mission. The rocket launch that was planned for Monday was scrubbed last month due to bad weather conditions. This is the sixth mission of SpaceX to ISS.