TAMPA (AFP) - SpaceX on Wednesday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship, loaded with materials, science experiments and meals for the astronauts dwelling on the worldwide area Station but did not successfully land its booster afterwards.

"we have had a super liftoff," said SpaceX commentator John Insprucker, as the Falcon nine rocket soared into the sunny, blue sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:sixteen pm (1816 GMT), carrying 5,six hundred pounds (2,500 kilograms) of tools.

The challenge turned into SpaceX s 16th mission for NASA as a part of an extended-term agreement to ferry components to space.

The Dragon cargo deliver correctly made it to orbit, which became the primary intention of the launch.

however the tall portion of the rocket neglected its goal of securing an upright touchdown on strong ground at Cape Canaveral s landing area 1.

After keeping apart from the second stage, and firing its engines to go back to Earth, a video digital camera on board showed the primary level spinning.

"Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea," CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.

"appears to be undamaged and is transmitting records. Recuperation deliver dispatched."

Later, Musk posted the whole video from on board the booster, displaying the rocket spiral, then stabilize, then crash sideways into the water.

"Engines stabilized rocket spin simply in time, enabling an intact landing in water! Ships en path to rescue Falcon," he wrote.

It become the first time SpaceX ever didn't land a booster on strong ground, following a string of 12 instantly successes.

Ocean platform landings have tested a chunk trickier, but SpaceX has managed to stick the touchdown, whether on land or sea, 32 instances in all.

The attempt is aimed toward reducing the price of launches through re-using expensive components, instead of jettisoning them within the ocean after each undertaking.

The rocket changed into to begin with intended to take off Tuesday, but turned into not on time for an afternoon after engineers determined moldy mouse meals in one of the technological know-how investigations designed to have a look at the effect of microgravity on the immune machine.

The awful meals became changed beforehand of Wednesday s launch.

different experiments most of the more than 250 on board include a brand new type of mustard inexperienced lettuce that astronauts will develop in space.

The Dragon space capsule that flew on Wednesday become used once before, on a supply undertaking in February 2017.

It need to arrive at the distance station on Saturday.