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Falcon 9 CRS-5

Following second stage separation, SpaceX performed a test flight which attempted to return the first stage of the Falcon 9 through the atmosphere and land it on an approximately 90-by-50-meter (300 ft x 160 ft) floating platform-called the autonomous spaceport drone ship. Many of the test objectives were achieved, including precision control of the rocket’s descent to land on the platform at a specific point in the Atlantic ocean, and a large amount of test data was obtained from the first use of grid fin control surfaces used for more precise reentry positioning. The grid fin control system ran out of hydraulic fluid a minute before landing and the landing itself resulted in a crash.

Launch Information

Launch Date

Saturday 10th January 2015 at 09:47 UTC

Launch Pad

CCSFS SLC 40

Rocket

Falcon 9

Booster

B1012.1

Launch Success

Yes

Landing Attempt

Yes

Landing Success

No

Landing Site

Just Read The Instructions

Payloads

Payload
Customer
Manufacturer
Mass (kg)
Mass (lbs)
Orbit
CRS-5

NASA (CRS)

SpaceX

2395
5280
ISS

Launch Photos

All of these images are from the SpaceX Flickr page and all of them belong to SpaceX

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