Falcon 9 Sticks the Landing...Almost
Despite successfully landing on a floating barge off the California coast, a lockout collet failed to latch one of the rocket's four legs causing it to fall over and explode.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted video of the explosion on Instagram Sunday night saying "Falcon lands on droneship, but the lockout collet doesn't latch on one the four legs, causing it to tip over post landing. Root cause may have been ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff."
The Falcon 9 flawlessly launched and completed its mission of deploying the Jason-3 satellite into orbit.
Musk humorously commented on Instagram, "Well, at least the pieces were bigger this time! Won't be last RUD, but am optimistic about upcoming ship landing."