SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Nails Barge Landing Then Tips Over as It Fails the Standing Part

By: | January 20th, 2016

SpaceX’s latest attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge in the ocean was kind of successful as the Falcon did actually land, but then tipped over and exploded.

The failed standing can be attributed to a problem with one of the rocket’s leg-locking mechanisms.

“Falcon lands on droneship, but the lockout collet doesn’t latch on one [of] the four legs, causing it to tip over post-landing,” Elon Musk said. “[The] root cause may have been ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff.”

Check out the footage from Musk below, which shows just how close the Falcon 9 was to its first successful landing at sea.

Michael Cooney

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