SpaceX s Falcon 9 rocket finally soared into space on March 4 to deliver a commercial satellite into orbit, unfortunately, it could not deliver what was intended.
The rocket blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:35 p.m. EST to deliver the SES-9 communications satellite into orbit. With the SES-9 satellite separating as planned from the Falcon 9 rocket and heading off toward its final orbit. The rocket landing, however, was not successful.
Rocket landed hard on the droneship, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote in a Twitter update. Didn’t expect this one to work ([very] hot reentry), but next flight has a good chance.
The rocket s first stage separated from the upper stage around 2.5 minutes post-liftoff, and then proceeded with two engine burns to return to Earth for an Atlantic Ocean platform landing a couple of hundred miles off the Florida coast. The rocket approached the landing site and then cut off right before the boost hit the deck of the ship.
The Falcon launched from Cape Canaveral on time after a number of postponed attempts, including a last second scrubbed launch on Sunday.
SpaceX had been attempting to launch the 12,000-pound satellite owned by Luxembourg company SES for more than a year, before Friday’s successful mission. Now in orbit, the satellite will be used to provide high-definition television and high-speed internet to homes in the Asian-Pacific region.
SES-9 is an important building block in our strategy to grow in dynamic regions and four prime sectors – video, enterprise, mobility and government, SES chief technology officer Martin Halliwell told the BBC. Co-located with SES-7, the new satellite will reach 22 million TV homes and is designed to deliver high-performing connectivity to homes, enterprises and institutions across Asia.