CRS-6 Dragon is on its way to the ISS! Falcon 9 launch fully successful, landing less so (UPDATED)

EDIT: Scroll to the bottom of this post for landing pics!

The sixth operational Dragon flight to the ISS is on its way!  This video goes all the way through solar array deployment.  Watch closely after stage separation around 3:30; you can see the first stage attitude control thrusters firing to control its orientation in preparation for turning it around to return to the ground.  The ground video briefly follows the spent first stage before coverage returns to the ascending second stage and payload. The launch was a complete success, but the landing was reportedly not; I don’t have details yet, but it sounds like the first stage hit too hard and possibly fell over.  To be honest, just hitting the barge is pretty impressive, but they have work still to do.  That’s all built into their incremental design approach.  Once I have more (hopefully video!) I will post it.

EDIT: There’s more!  SpaceX has released stills from the landing:

Falcon 9 first stage descending towards the barge

Falcon 9 first stage descending towards the barge

About to touch down, Falcon 9's first stage appears to be on track for a successful landing!

About to touch down, Falcon 9’s first stage appears to be on track for a successful landing!

And then things seem to go south; it's tipping over.  Still, it's an improvement over the last landing, definitely.

And then things seem to go south; it’s tipping over. Still, it’s an improvement over the last landing, definitely.

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