"Appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data".
The first stage rocket had separated normally several minutes after the lift-off, but as it approached the landing site, it started spinning rapidly.
The Dragon cargo ship successfully made it to orbit, which was the primary goal of the launch.
SpaceX spokesperson John Insprucker said that the team will use the telemetry from the first-stage booster to find out the reason behind the failed landing. The moment was captured on video and shared on Twitter by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk even though the official SpaceX feed cut away from the rocket as it came down.
SpaceX launched its unmanned Dragon cargo ship to the worldwide space station on Thursday but failed to successfully land its booster afterward as the tall portion of the rocket missed its goal of securing an upright landing on solid ground at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1.
"Second stage went into great orbit, it was really precise", he added.
Recall that on 4 December, NASA postponed the launch of Dragon to the ISS due to mold. Through this cargo, Species was sending supplies science experiments and food to astronauts living at the International Space Station. In the end, the engineers at SpaceX have taken the booster from the land, "prevodnik" it in the Atlantic ocean near the shore at Cape Canaveral.
Dragon is slated to rendezvous with the orbiting lab early Saturday and re-enter Earth's atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California in January, according to NASA.
To the global space station kicked off the sixteenth mission of the cargo ship Dragon under the NASA contract with SpaceX.