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SpaceX launches cargo to space station

SpaceX launches cargo to space station

The 5,600 pounds of cargo were blasted into space successfully on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Shortly after launch, the first stage booster was headed for a landing on the tip of Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX quickly cut the live feed from the rocket as it began to spin out of control. Viewers were greeted with clear skies as the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket carried 64 different spacecraft from 34 separate organizations as part of the Spaceflight Industries SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission.

Following stage separation, the first stage booster landed safely on one of SpaceX's sea-faring pads, the Just Read the Instructions drone-ship in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX founder and lead designer Elon Musk quickly explained that a hydraulic failure on the steering fins prevented a safe landing.




If weather conditions hold, the launch is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:16 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, according to NASA. "Now, the good news is we've got a lot of telemetry from it, so we'll be able to understand what happened and work to improve reliability as we always do here at SpaceX".

SpaceX chief Elon Musk said the booster appeared to be undamaged. At the moment, SpaceX is really inspired with his success against models of Falcon 9, and will probably continue his experiments with the rocket - however, it remains only to wait for that.

The rocket launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but officials made a decision to delay the launch after inspectors found mold on food bars for an experiment involving lab mice.

When the Dragon arrives, it will join five other spacecraft already at the station. According to Space.com, if all goes according to plan, the Dragon will reach the space station three days from now, and the ISS crew can start unpacking the load.

Based in Seattle, Washington, Spaceflight helps companies like SpaceX identify, book, and manage rideshare launches like the one on December 3. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June. The Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-January.