SpaceX launched and landed a rocket in January, but the event did not go as well as hoped.
While the rocket successfully guided itself into position on the drone, it ran out of hydraulic fluid and seems to have slammed into the drone ship and gone "full RUD" — Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly — exploded.
This Sunday, Feb. 8, SpaceX has a second chance to attempt the feat. They believe they will come at least a little bit closer to a successful landing, after addressing the hydraulic fluid issue.
While this vine of the full RUD landing is amazing, we really don't want to see a repeat this time around.
You can see that in this failed landing, the rocket approached the ship at a 45-degree angle, because the rocket's grid fins ran out of hydraulic fuel. These fins are located near the top in this artists' impression of a successful landing.
They guide the rocket during landing and keep it stable and upright. Without the fuel, the fins failed, getting the rocket off track for a vertical landing.
paceflight Now journalist Stephen Clark was there, at the Port of Jacksonville in Florida, and took this picture of the ship as it returned to shore.Before this weeks' landing attempt the drone ship was fully repaired — and even repainted with a new name that truly shows Elon Musks nerdy side: "Just Read The InstructionsSpaceX engineers have corrected their mistake for the Sunday's landing attempt by adding 50% more hydraulic fluid for the fins, according to Musk.
Upcoming flight already has 50% more hydraulic fluid, so should have plenty of margin for landing attempt next month.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
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