SpaceX has had several successful landings since April of its reusable rocket booster.
But Wednesday’s launch wasn’t one of them. The booster, which was supposed to land on one of the company’s drone ships off the coast of Florida, crashed and burned on the tarmac.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said one of the engines cut out before landing on the ship, which caused the crash.
Musk, who said he’s expecting a 70 percent success rate on landings this year, called the crash an “RUD”, or rapid unscheduled disassembly.
“2016 is the year of experimentation,” he said in a Tweet.
While the reusable rocket had a rough landing, the Falcon 9 did deliver two communications satellites into space successfully.