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Musk's SpaceX rocket booster explodes after 'hard landing' on drone ship

Musk's SpaceX rocket booster explodes after 'hard landing' on drone ship

Elon Musk's SpaceX said its Falcon 9 booster had a "hard landing" and broke a landing leg on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean minutes after lofting a satellite into orbit.

"Touchdown speed was OK, but a leg lockout didn't latch, so it tipped over after landing," Musk said in a tweet on Sunday.

The damage left Space Exploration Technologies short of a clearly successful touchdown on a drone ship. Such a landing would offer greater flexibility, given the potential for land-based space ports to become crowded. Two previous attempts failed, while another had to be called off because of rough seas.

"Definitely harder to land on a ship," Musk...

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