SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lands in ocean after successful cargo launch

Minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage separated as normal, but as that booster part prepared into position for landing, it appeared to lose control and started spinning.

In a post-launch press briefing, SpaceX's vice president of build and flight reliability, Hans Koenigsmann, said the booster worked as designed, targeting the water - instead of land or buildings - when it sensed a malfunction.

The head of the company SpaceX Elon Musk has said that for some unknown reason stopped the hydraulic pump, which reveals one of the brake plates (rudders) to the desired position.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off successfully at 1:16 pm Eastern Standard Time from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying 2,500 kilos of supplies, including science experiments and food for six astronauts now on board the ISS.

"Engines stabilized rocket spin just in time, enabling an intact landing in water!"

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John Insprucker also revealed that rocket's second stage was precise.

Recall that on 4 December, NASA postponed the launch of Dragon to the ISS due to mold. It took two tries to get the Dragon close enough to be captured by the space station's robot arm.

The rocket's Dragon spacecraft made it safely to space, where it's expected to dock at the space station Saturday morning with more than 5,600 pounds of supplies. The rocket was loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living there. Unloading the rocket on the ocean's landing platform is a bit screwy, but SpaceX has succeeded in making the Falcon safe in the sea.

The rocket launched Wednesday was brand new and it is not clear yet what went wrong with the grid fin.

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