It wasn’t long ago that launching a rocket into space and returning it to an airtight landing was science fiction. But after the advent of SpaceX’s Falcon 9, it became so popular that we hardly paid any attention to it. After all, there are already 100 perfect landings aboard the company’s motorized ferries.
Of course, accidents still happen sporadically, sometimes as a result of rough seas or a failure of a rocket engine that doesn’t slow it down in time. But this is the first time we’ve heard of a SpaceX rocket that’s nearly losing it. later Perfect landing.
On December 21, the company launched the Falcon 9 B1069 on its maiden flight, putting the Cargo Dragon spacecraft into orbit with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) during the CRS-24 mission. 9 minutes later, the missile landed on the ferry Just Read the Instructions (JRTI) off the coast of Florida.
But something went wrong after landing. According to the site Teslarati, “Perhaps due to the rough seas, the eight robot, which uses giant cleats and its own weight to carry the first stages of the rocket above the surface of the raft, was unable to catch up with the rocket as it is.”
Then the B1069 slid onto the JRTI deck in the wake of the waves. Before SpaceX could stop it, the missile slammed into the side of the drone hard enough to partially flatten a steel safety rail that runs along the port and starboard girders — a specially placed fender to keep missiles from sliding off the ship’s deck. Sea “.
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