Falcon 9 Launches Jason-3 Satellite, Landing Attempt Fails | SpaceNews.com
WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched an ocean science satellite Jan. 17, although an attempt to land the rocket’s first stage on a ship apparently failed.
The Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:42 p.m. Eastern. The vehicle’s upper stage placed the Jason-3 spacecraft into a parking orbit nine minutes after launch, with spacecraft separation scheduled after a brief second burn of the upper stage 55 minutes after liftoff.
The status of a secondary objective of the launch, the landing of the rocket’s first stage, was not immediately known. A video feed from the company’s “droneship,” located nearly 300 kilometers downrange from the launch site, cut out seconds before the stage was to attempt a landing.
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