SpaceX lost its Falcon Heavy core booster to the ocean

SpaceX lost its Falcon Heavy core booster to the ocean

SpaceX lost its Falcon Heavy core booster to the ocean

The core that was lost at sea flew on April 11, which was the second flight for the Falcon Heavy rocket. - The center core of SpaceX's three-booster Falcon Heavy rocket that launched from Kennedy Space Center last week will not make it back to the Space Coast intact, the company confirmed Monday.

"Over the weekend, due to rough sea conditions, SpaceX's recovery team was unable to secure the center core booster for its return trip to Port Canaveral". SpaceX said that the rough seas with swells from eight to ten feet made the booster begin to shift on the platform and it was unable to remain upright. "The safety of our team always takes precedence". "We do not expect future missions to be impacted", SpaceX told The Verge.

The Falcon Heavy's three first-stage boosters are modified versions of Falcon 9 first stages.

SpaceX landed a very big fish but was unable to reel it in.

After sending the Arabsat-6 telecommunications satellite on the first leg of its journey to geostationary orbit on Thursday, the three first-stage rocket cores went their separate ways. (SpaceX) Despite the struggles of the center core, side boosters B1052 (right) and B1053 (left) are safe and sound, awaiting their next launch.

'We have landed the center core for the first time, ' a SpaceX announcer said. SpaceX has efficient robots created to recover its Falcon 9 boosters - the "octagrabber" - but the core booster had a different configuration that doesn't latch on to the base of any booster except the Falcon 9's (for now).

SpaceX tries to re-use rockets, payload fairings, boosters and other parts to try to cut down on the cost of each rocket mission.

Falcon Heavy is reportedly the most powerful rocket in operation.

That note of optimism about future missions is because next time around, SpaceX has hinted that it will have a new and improved octograbber - the contraption that grabs and hangs on to the smaller Falcon 9 booster that SpaceX also recovers at sea.

The space company has previously re-used first-stage and second-stage rocket boosters, in addition to one of its previously flown Dragon capsules.

The two outer Falcon Heavy cores were recovered and touched down on concrete landing pads at Cape Canaveral. He said SpaceX could use the fairing again on an upcoming mission.

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