Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully launched 60 more Starlink internet satellites into orbit late Monday (February 15) aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, which failed to land on a floating platform at sea. No official explanation was provided, but some in this field speculate that it could have been an issue with one of the rocket’s controlled engine burns during reentry or a telemetry issue that caused the first stage landing to fail. Fortunately, it did save a few birds who were just hanging out on the platform. Read more for the video and additional information.
This booster, called B1059, was previously used for two different SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station, a Starlink mission last year, an Earth-observing satellite for Argentina, and to launch a spy satellite for the U.S government as part of the NROL-108 mission this past December.
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We did get a little bright glow…no longer see a flame there…it does look like we did not land our booster. It is unfortunate that we did not recover this booster, but our second stage is still on a nominal trajectory,” said launch commentator Jessica Anderson, a manufacturing engineer at SpaceX.