The Dragon has landed

Kevin Lancaster

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The Dragon has landed

SpaceX says its unmanned Dragon spaceship splashed down in the Pacific west of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula Wednesday afternoon after a supply run to the International Space Station
 

Compton_effect

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So cool. Its a pity yesterday's launch was scrubbed due to high winds. (Literally and figuratively)
Upper atmosphere winds are 151% of wind constant. :wtf:
 

Compton_effect

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Aw man. First high altitude winds, now the landing site has extreme weather.

SpaceX is still tracking towards a 6:03pm ET liftoff of DSCOVR, but unfortunately we will not be able to attempt to recover the first stage of the Falcon 9. The drone ship was designed to operate in all but the most extreme weather. We are experiencing just such weather in the Atlantic with waves reaching up to three stories in height crashing over the decks. Also, only three of the drone ship’s four engines are functioning, making station-keeping in the face of such wave action extremely difficult. The rocket will still attempt a soft landing in the water through the storm (producing valuable landing data), but survival is highly unlikely.
Translation - no retrieval operation today, they're probably trying to get the Just Read the Instructions out of there before they lose it too.

Here's data from a weather buoy in the area.
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