USA-based SpaceX is going to launch a heavy carrier booster Falcon 9 once again. It should go into orbit on 24 February, and it weighs 5.3 tons.
It is known that SpaceX is finishing a series of trials and preparations for the flight now. But Elon Musk didn’t give any commentaries.
In the middle of January the company successfully placed into orbit NASA satellite Jason-3 that examines the world ocean for scientific purposes. Falcon 9 was safely launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. But after launching satellite, the rocket failed to land the lower stage on a huge platform in the Pacific.
The hard landing happened because one of the landing legs broke. It was for the third time that SpaceX tried to land Falcon 9 on a water platform.
The first landing was very hard, and remaining fuel exploded. Then a storm hindered the process of bringing the platform to the right place, which ultimately ended up with a drop of carrier’s spent element.
In the end of 2015 SpaceX managed to remotely land the first stage of the carrier. For this purpose a special landing site was prepared at American Air Force Base.
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