SpaceX Launch A Success, But Ship Landing Another Near Miss
SpaceX successfully launched the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite on a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA today. The company made another attempt to land the rocket’s first stage on an autonomous drone ship out at sea, but that failed like previous attempts. Its one landing success was last month, on land.
Getting Jason-3 into the correct orbit was the primary objective of the launch and that appeared to go flawlessly. The launch pad was enshrouded by fog, but that was not a launch constraint and liftoff was on time at 1:42 pm ET (10:42 am local time at the launch site). The first and second stages of the Falcon 9 performed nominally and the spacecraft separated and its solar panels deployed as planned.
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