Musk added that the Falcon 9 appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data.
But the tall portion of the rocket missed its goal of securing an upright landing on the solid ground at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1.
The Dec. 3 mission is the largest single "rideshare" from a USA -based launch vehicle to date, according to SpaceX. Today's SpaceX launch was previously postponed after mould was found on food bars in the cargo hold.
The first stage was previously launched and recovered during missions in May and August as part of a program meant to make the equipment capable of being used 10 or more times without refurbishment.
When SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy, which is essentially powered by three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, the center booster didn't land as planned on a drone-ship in the Atlantic, though the two other rockets returned to ground safely.
One will carry the Chang'e 4 mission - an attempt to make the first-ever successful landing on the far side of the Moon.
- Three days and 3,000 miles apart, SpaceX is aiming for their second launch this week, this time with a cargo flight to the space station.
As it became known later, the company SpaceX has failed to catch the fairing of the Falcon 9 rocket in a network on the ship Mr. Stephen, however, he made a soft landing on the water, and the company plans to use it in one of future runs.
Other experiments among the more than 250 on board include a new kind of mustard green lettuce that astronauts will grow in space. The Dragon capsule, which previously traveled to the Space Station in February 2017, will be loaded with almost three tons of equipment, food, spare parts and scientific experiments. Thus, in theory, the company expects to reduce the price by $ 5 million.
It will arrive with more than 5,500 pounds of supplies and research to support hundreds of experiments that are happening on board the ISS.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev will head back to Earth Dec. 20 after six and a half months in space - but not before helping out with unpacking the Dragon!