Falcon 9 Block 5 | SpX CRS-16

SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket

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SpaceX was scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket as part of the SpX CRS-16 mission. The launch window for the Resupply mission was on Wed, Dec 5th, 2018, 1:16 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 90% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Falcon 9 Block 5 and experience the excitement for yourself. The first stage has failed to land on LZ-1 because a grid fin hydraulic pump stalled. It missed the landing zone and touched down smoothly off the coast.

Mission

SpX CRS-16

SpaceX will launch the Dragon spacecraft on their 16th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
SpaceX

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has many pads, on the East Coast of the US they own SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral and LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center for their lower inclination launches. They also own SLC-4E at Vandenberg, California for their high inclination launches. Another site is also being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

The first stage has failed to land on LZ-1 because a grid fin hydraulic pump stalled. It missed the landing zone and touched down smoothly off the coast.

Falcon 9 booster B1050 is a reusable first-stage booster for the orbital-class Falcon 9 vehicle manufactured by SpaceX. It launched for the first time on December 5, 2018. The booster experienced a malfunction during reentry, resulting in the booster missing its landing at the ground pad as intended; instead performing a soft landing just offshore. The booster may be used in future SpaceX internal missions.

Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1)

LZ-1 Pad located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the previous LC-13

Return to Landing Site (RTLS)

A return to landing site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site landing near where it initially launched from.

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