SpaceX failed to accomplish a clean sea landing, again

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The rocket stage was left in pieces on the deck of the drone ship landing pad. The owner of the company, Elon Musk, appreciated as a positive fact that “as least the pieces were bigger” this time. Despite the failure, SpaceX will continue to push for sea landings, as it gives the company multiple options for recovering its rockets post-launch. The objective to reuse rockets just like airplanes remains very important, because “the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred,” said Musk. Landing a spent rocket at sea rather than land provides an increased safety margin and limited environmental impact. Attempting a landing on the ground at Vandenberg Air Force Base was not an option as SpaceX was denied approval citing environmental concerns.

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