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SpaceX launch successful despite nose cone crash

VANDENBERG AFB, Calif. - SpaceX launched another rocket on Friday, and fans waited with bated breath to find out if the company successfully landed the $6 million nose cone into a giant seaborne net.

However, the news wasn't good. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter as the nose cone - also called a fairing - fell back toward Earth, the parafoils which were supposed to slow its descent became tangled.

So the "fairing impacted water at high speed," Musk said - which likely destroyed it.

Liftoff occurred just after 7:00 am from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and the primary mission went off without a hitch. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered a group of ten satellites into orbit for communications firm Iridium (IRDM).

SpaceX is well known for landing and reusing rocket boosters to bring down the price of its rockets. But this was one of the rare occasions Musk has acknowledged his rocket startup's attempts to recover the fairing after launch. 

The fairing rests on the top of the rocket, and it acts as a shield for the satellites during launch. Once the rocket is in space, it splits in two and falls away. It is left to plummet back to Earth and go into the ocean.

For more information on the launch, you can watch the video below.

Sources: CNN, SpaceX YouTube


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