17:12 GMT +325 September 2016
A long exposure photograph shows the SpaceX Falcon 9 lifting off (L) from its launch pad and then returning to a landing zone (R) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, on the launcher's first mission since a June failure, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, December 21, 2015

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Fails at Drone Ship Landing After Launch

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The Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida after four cancellations on Friday has failed to perform a successful drone ship (ocean floating platform) landing, the SpaceX aerospace manufacturer said.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 06:35 p.m. on Friday (23:35 GMT). The launch had been put off four times since February 24 amid bad weather conditions and technical difficulties.

"Rocket landed hard on the droneship. Didn't expect this one to work (v hot reentry), but next flight has a good chance," SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said on Twitter.

The rocket carried the SES-9 telecommunications satellite into orbit. The satellite is to provide broadcasting and other services in Asia, Indonesia and the Indian Ocean.

In December 2015, SpaceX succeeded in making its Falcon 9 first-stage rocket land upright about 6 miles from where it was launched at Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was the first time an orbital rocket successfully completed a controlled landing on Earth.

In January 2015, SpaceX tried to land a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship, but the rocket toppled over and exploded.

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  • Ivan Buckeye
    Saw this in person tonight about eighty mile south of the launch site. Usually the rockets go in a eastern direction but this one went south down the coast of Florida. Not to mention the separation stages could be seen, not something I've seen before.
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