On Monday, February 17 at 10:05 a.m. EST, or 15:05 UTC, SpaceX launched its fifth Starlink mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The launch went off without a hitch at first, but there was 1 snag. The booster that sent the 60 Starlink satellites into orbit didn’t land properly. It actually missed the landing pad on SpaceX’s ship, Of Course I Still Love You, and plummeted into the ocean.
There’s no word yet what happened to the Falcon 9 booster during it’s descent. But from what we’ve seen so far it looks like the navigation system of the rocket completely missed the target.
Fortunately, all 60 Starlink satellites have reached their orbits safely and continue their mission nominally.