After a string of successful ocean landings, SpaceX s latest Falcon 9 crashed hard right into its drone ship.
SpaceX s feed cut out just as the Falcon 9 touched the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship, leaving both those of us watching and the company equally confused for nearly fifteen minutes about whether the rocket had made it or not.
The rocket was visible upright on the pad for a moment between the smoke clouds, but something happened — perhaps it tipped or simply landed too hard — that destroyed the rocket.
SpaceX had chalked up a streak of successful drone ship landings — including a few from tough geostationary orbits — so this crash seems like a step backwards, but that s not quite the case.
Every geostationary orbit it has attempted has been a new, experimental one, including this latest one.
Musk estimates that the fix should be ready before the end of the year.