The Falcon 9 rocket, survived after landing
Company SpaceX is not planning the landing of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket after the launch of Sputnik on January 31. But the rocket still survived.
Now the device floats in the waters of the Atlantic ocean, and SpaceX promises to be towed to shore, writes The Verge.
“This rocket was experiencing a very hard landing in the water, so it is surprising that she survived. We will try to get her back to shore,” he wrote in his blog, the founder of SpaceX Elon Musk.
The fact that this flight, the Falcon 9 included a test of the strong reverse thrust with three engines for braking. This could damage the landing platform, so the test was conducted when landing on water.
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It seems obvious that SpaceX did not expect that the missile will remain intact, and now the engineers have to figure out how to get such a hardy machine back home. According to the journalists, “SpaceX faced an unexpected challenge.”
It is unclear what damage was Falcon 9 while boarding and how the missile will impact the sea water. It is unlikely that this media will again be able to go into space.