Watch new SpaceX topple and explode on landing
Published 18/01/2016 | 10:37
SpaceX has had another successful take off and a slightly less balmy landing as the tests with their unique rocket continue
SpaceX seems to have gotten their takeoff down to a fine art, but landing is a different matter.
Elon Musk's space-faring company launched another Falcon 9 rocket on the 17th of January from California, with a smooth takeoff and successful delivery of the Jason-3 satellite into orbit, where it will help make weather forecasters jobs around the world a little bit easier. Or at least more predictable.
From there, it was time for the Falcon 9 to come back down to Earth, with SpaceX intending to land the rocket on a droneship in the middle of the sea. This is a long term plan for the program as it allows for higher velocities for the final stage of the rocket. Unfortunately things didn't quite work out, check out this video see what happens when a rocket falls over...
Falcon lands on droneship, but the lockout collet doesn't latch on one the four legs, causing it to tip over post landing. Root cause may have been ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff.
We just can't stop watching this - those few seconds as it seems like it's fine before slowly teetering like a Friday night drunk. But the ending is by far the best part, giving us an idea of what happens when a rather flimsy craft filled with high octane fuel has the slightest collision. It's really like those moments in movies where unlikey vehicles explode.
As you can see from the post, it was all down to a fault with one of the legs on the rocket. SpaceX has had some very visible failures but they're being incredibly open about the whole process. The company is literally re-inventing space travel and there will be some mistakes along the way but each explosion brings us another step closer to getting out among the stars.