On January 10, 2015 a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) as part of CRS 5, the fifth SpaceX mission to the International Space Station (ISS) not counting the two COTS demos.

After boost phase, the first stage of the Falcon 9 attempted to fly to a predetermined location in the Atlantic where a barge or “drone spaceport” as Elon Musk refers to it, was waiting its arrival. The first stage arrived at the barge but with the grid fins having run out of hydraulic fluid upon arrival control was lost and the rocket crash landed. All in all, a massive step forward in rocket reusability was achieved and Musk says that next month’s flight will have 50% more hydraulic fluid, giving it more than enough to complete the mission.

As far as Dragon, it’s safely on its…

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Author: rjbailey

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