We have earlier reported about the first commercial launch of the most powerful carrier rocket on Earth – the mighty Falcon Heavy, which belongs to Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Although we hoped to call the mission successful, it might have been a hasty conclusion.
It turned out that the rocket managed to launch the Saudi Arabian satellite, which it carried on board, ono the orbit. The problems started when Falcon Heavy was landing back on the surface of the Earth, the ocean, to be specific.
According to the report of The Verge, the rocket landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean, not far from the coasts of Florida. However, due to unfavourable conditions and choppy water, the central core of Falcon Heavy fell into the water.
“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,” said a representative of SpaceX.
The crew engaged in the landing of the rocket insisted on the fact that their priority was ensuring the safety of the people, that is why the fall could not be prevented, even their famous “octagrabber” devices, meant to keep the core in place were powerless.
As we mentioned before, Falcon Heavy consists of three cores and, thus, remind three Falcon 9 rockets stuck together. Luckily, the two remaining cores of the spacecraft landed with no complications and remained intact.
The central core was not as lucky. Although it was taken out of the Atlantic and delivered to back to Florida, the damage created by the ocean water will cost Elon Musk around 1 billion dollars.
The good news is that SpaceX claim that the incident will not affect the future missions of Falcon Heavy later this year, so we can make a conclusion that the damage of the rocket can be fixed
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