On January 17, 2016 at 18:42 UTC the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The launch was performed by SpaceX. The rocket orbited the “Jason-3” ocean research satellite. The third Jason satellite, Jason-3 joins a series of spacecraft launched under partnership between the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, pan-European weather research organisation EUMETSAT and French space agency CNES. The attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon rocket on the ASDS in the Pacific Ocean was unsuccessful.