On January 17, 2016, SpaceX sucessfully landed their Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship, but unfortunately the rocket failed to lock to the ship after touching down. This caused the Falcon to fall over after landing, after which it exploded into flames.
The goal of the Falcon 9 is to serve as a reusable launch vehicle for satellites and the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. They recently landed a Falcon 9 on land, but they have yet to successfully land one of the rockets on a drone ship.
First stage approaches center of landing droneship in Pacific pic.twitter.com/lI3q6LnwVP
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 18, 2016
Well, at least the pieces were bigger this time! Won’t be last RUD, but am optimistic about upcoming ship landing. pic.twitter.com/w007TccANJ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 17, 2016
Out at sea for tomorrow’s launch and landing attempt pic.twitter.com/9LMsj6qryI
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 17, 2016
photo via SpaceX