The company is yet to announce its next flight.
The company did not successfully land on Friday night, but it had not expected to. The rocket found its target, but its velocity proved too great to allow for a safe landing on the drone barge.
“Didn’t expect this one to work (v hot reentry), but next flight has a good chance”, Musk later reported on Twitter.
During the live webcast, it was confirmed that SES-9 was successfully detached from the Falcon 9 rocket. “Looking forward to future missions”, he tweeted. By using boosters for multiple missions, it could slash the cost of spaceflight by multiple factors of 10, Musk has said. It carried a broadcasting satellite for Luxembourg-based company SES.
SpaceX will try once again to launch a communications satellite into orbit.
SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket into space this afternoon, but – as expected – failed to land the vehicle on a drone ship at sea afterward.
The SES-9 mission was already almost a year behind schedule, thanks largely to a failed Falcon 9 launch last summer and the introduction of a more powerful version of the Falcon 9.
– The fifth time was the charm for SpaceX as a Falcon 9 rocket shook off several delays and blasted a communications satellite into orbit through the Friday evening twilight. That satellite is scheduled to be deployed 31 minutes after liftoff.
But the Falcon 9 rocket crashed when it tried to come back to earth heading for a droneship platform about 645 kilometers from the coast of Florida.
The company scored a rocket landing on the ground at Cape Canaveral in December, but has yet to nail a trickier barge landing at sea. With the fate of the rocket unknown, the company said during the telecast it would have to wait for telemetry data from the landing area in Florida before confirming the rocket made it back safely. As the rocket comes in for landing, it can shake the drone ship, making it even harder to maintain this connection.
There the Boeing-built satellite labeled SES-9 will deliver high-definition TV channels and high-speed broadband to millions of homes in the Asia-Pacific region, plus connectivity to ships and air traffic.