After multiple delays, a SpaceX Upgraded Falcon 9 was successfully launched on Friday Mar 4, 2016 from Cape Canaveral.
This was the second mission of the upgraded Falcon 9 v1.2 carrying the SES-9 commercial communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). This flight demanded the entire performance of the Full Thrust version of the Falcon 9 in a flight with very tight fuel margins.
After the release of the second stage, the First Stage went through the motions to fly itself to the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), stationed 660 km from the launch pad. The booster was successful in surviving the re-entry and maneuvered to the Drone Ship, firing it engines for its landing burn, but it appeared to come in off-center before video from the Drone Ship was lost. It was confirmed later that the first stage made a hard landing on the Drone Ship in another close call of achieving SPACEX’s first landing at sea.
Comparing both versions, it is noticed that the 3 vertical structures that connect the Interstage with the second stage have been modified for the v1.2. The tip is more rounded.
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