SpaceX Falcon Booster Lost At Sea After Bout With Bad Weather

Arabsat 6A on luanch pad 15 April 2019

Falcon Heavy again set for evening launch

The center core touched down on the drone ship called Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean.

On April 11, the Falcon Heavy took off from Launch Complex 39A carrying with it the Arabsat 6A communications satellite.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk says the engines seem OK.

SpaceX doesn't expect future missions to be affected by the core's loss. Despite a good landing, the central core booster didn't come home in one piece, since large swells caused it to shift on the drone ship's journey back to shore.

Why has SpaceX lost the center core booster?

'Three for three boosters today for the Falcon Heavy'.

SpaceX successfully put a Central the first stage of Falcon Heavy, but the item is accidentally dropped into the ocean during transport to the coast of Florida.

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This particular core flew on Thursday, April 11th, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during the second flight of the Falcon Heavy.

The Dragon spacecraft are used as the final stage of SpaceX missions to resupply the International Space Station. In this case, however, changes to the design of the Falcon 9 stage prevented its use.

The three rocket cores are fixed together during liftoff and are created to break apart after launch and guide themselves back to safe landings: The two side boosters conduct synchronized touchdowns on ground pads in Florida, while the center booster aims for an autonomous seaborne platform, called a droneship.

"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".

It still fared better than the Heavy's first landing attempt in February 2018, when the outer cores made a flawless landing, but the centre core missed the drone ship by a big margin, slamming into the ocean in rather dramatic fashion. The two outer cores that landed safely last week will be used together with an entirely new center core. The drone ship has an "octograbber" that can latch onto the boosters that land into the water but it was designed for the Falcon 9, which has different boosters.

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