SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy center core goes overboard, Elon Musk still hopeful

SpaceX's Center Core Booster for Falcon Heavy Rocket Is Lost at Sea

SpaceX loses the Falcon Heavy's center core after it fell into the ocean

On Thursday, SpaceX landed three of its booster rockets in one very impressive feat.

The Falcon Heavy rocket core successfully landed on a drone ship after its first commercial launch. But the rocket fell into the ocean while being transported to the Florida coast.

Conditions only got worse after the recovery team loaded the booster onto the ship, with eight to ten-foot waves that shifted and kept the rocket from remaining upright, a report in The Verge said. "The safety of our team always takes precedence". "We do not expect future missions to be impacted" by the loss of the Arabsat booster, Gleeson said.

The Falcon Heavy uses a different design to the Falcon 9, so the octograbber couldn't be used this time around - which probably didn't help attempts to keep the rocket booster upright on top of the ship.

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SpaceX does have a mechanism, called the 'octograbber, ' which is located on Of Course I Still Love You that can aid in the process of recovering rocket parts. Normally, after a booster lands on the floating platform, it's secured by the so-called Octagrabber.

While SpaceX does have hardware on its drone ship created to secure first stages - often referred to as a flat "robot" that holds them in place - it was not used for this mission, which successfully took an Arabsat satellite to orbit last Thursday.

In an incredible accomplishment, the Falcon Heavy's reused side boosters landed smoothly back down to Earth on two separate launchpads about 8 minutes in. SpaceX may even be able to recover the booster's four valuable titanium grid fins and salvage additional hardware, depending on how much of the rocket remained intact and attached to OCISLY.

While the Arabsat-6A Falcon Heavy core (B1055.1) may have been lost, it was not planned to be part of the STP-2 Falcon Heavy's configuration.

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The fall was a hiccup in an otherwise successful mission - the company's first use of Falcon Heavy since its debut flight in February 2018.

The SpaceX droneship is now on its way back from the Atlantic.

SpaceX recovered a payload fairing for the first time in 2017. The side stages touched down at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zones 1 and 2 while the core stage touched down on the ASDS.

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