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SpaceX Rocket Failure

By Cje95 | Texas Living | 16 Feb 2021


Last night SpaceX launched the first of two launches for this week. This Falcon 9 rocket carried 60 new Starlink Satellites into orbit successfully. However upon its reentry and attempted landing something went wrong. As of now they have not announced what happened but as I was watching the live stream (when I really should have been asleep) the right side of the droneship began to glow then it faded away. 

 

There was no explosion and the individual hosting the live stream made the comment that it appears we lost this Falcon 9. This was the 6th launch for this Falcon so it was not exactly brand new but it definitely had several flights left in it. The most important thing about this launch though was the successful deployment of the satellites which continue to build up and out the Starlink Constellation. 

 

With no official word yet on what might have gone wrong I can only assume that maybe the guidance system was off. The lack of explosion and the fact we never saw it on the screen but saw the light it gave off leads me to think that the rocket just came down in the wrong location. What will be interesting is to see if this was a malfunction on the rocket's part or if the droneship was in the wrong position or had been pushed out of position by the currents or rough waves. 

 

This just goes to show that not every launch and recovery will go perfectly. SpaceX is the leader by far in rocket recovery and reuse, and this is a very rare occurrence for them. What I found a little interesting looking through the launch history of the Falcon 9 is that last year the two boosters that also failed to land on the droneship were Starlink launches 4 and 5. While the Starlink satellites orbit in Low Earth Orbit or LEO it appears that they might have tricker landings. It was also 24 launches and recoveries that occurred between the previously failed landing and the one from last night.

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Cje95
Cje95

Graduated from Texas A&M in May of 2020 had dabbled in crypto since 2017 but dove in at the end of 2019. December of 2020 packed up and moved to D.C.! Huge sports fan, space nerd, and international newsreader! Follow me on Twitter @Cje95_


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