SpaceX shows hard landing of Falcon 9

09:30, 18 January 2016
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has posted on Instagram a video of a hard landing of the first stage of the Falcon 9 launcher on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean.

Hard landing of the first stage of Falcon 9 launcher /

Musk said that Falcon 9 “tipped over past landing” due to a malfunction of one of the four landing legs.

“Root cause may have been ice buildup due to condensation from heavy fog at liftoff,” said Musk.

The record shows the stage exploding  on impact.

Musk has earlier tweeted a photo of Falcon 9’s first stage after a hard landing.

Yesterday, the U.S.-based SpaceX launched a $180-million satellite to study sea level rise. However, the company failed to perform successful landing of a booster on a floating platform.

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