Spacecraft SpaceX Attempt Failed
On Sunday, a satellite for NASA called SpaceX was launched successfully. However, an attempt made for the said spacecraft did not have a successful landing in the Pacific Ocean. It did not go as planned.
CNN reported that the launch of Jason-3 had taken place at an estimated 10:42 am local time. The launching started at Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base along the Central coast of California. The satellite travelled on a Falcon-9 rocket. According to NOAA, Falcon-9 rocket is a two-staged rocket. SpaceX released a statement saying that about an hour after it liftoff, the satellite deployed successfully separating from the rocket.
Accordingly, this private spaceflight company also planned to hold an “experimental landing” of the first stage on a SpaceX drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. In the release, the said landing was described to be a “secondary test objective”.
CNN reported that the attempt end up unsuccessful. SpaceX said in a tweet; “First stage on target at droneship but looks like hard landing; broke landing leg. Primary mission remains nominal.” After about an hour, another tweet coming from SpaceX said, “After further data review, stage landed softly but leg 3 didn’t lockout. Was within 1.3 meters of drone ship center.”
In the record, the recent attempt to land a rocket on a floating barge was the fourth try by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. It said, the three previous attempts to land a rocket on the platform at sea was also unsuccessful. However, last month, Falcon-9 rocket made a successful landing after it was launched at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Company head said that the rocket was carrying a Jason-3 satellite which is the newest in the series geared toward measuring ocean surface height.
Furthermore, officials said that the craft is able to deliver long-term observations of the global sea surface height, provide ocean data critical to predicting hurricanes and other severe weather conditions before landfall.
More on the release stated that the satellite’s “highly accurate altimetry measurements” can be used for a variety of applications. It can include forecasting of hurricane intensity, currents, tides, El Niño and La Niña. Also, it is able to provide coastal forecasting for immediate pre-emptive actions for environmental problems like oil spills.
The satellite is being delivered to low-Earth orbit to be used by multiple agencies, which include NASA, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), France’s space agency (CNES) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.