Publicado: Mier, Abril 17, 2019
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

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

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

During the Falcon Heavy rocket mission, two of the boosters arrived back on land, while the center core landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship off the Florida coast, Engadget reported. SpaceX has had great success with landing the reusable core sections of its Falcon rockets on a floating barge out in the ocean.

And while SpaceX crew members tried to keep the booster steady during the trip home, that plan was aborted when the droneship encountered "rough sea conditions", according to the company.

'As conditions worsened with eight to ten foot swells, the booster began to shift and ultimately was unable to remain upright. "The safety of our team always takes precedence". "We do not expect future missions to be impacted", he said.

SpaceX can't retrieve the lost center booster, however, it aims to use the two outer boosters that touched down on land for Falcon Heavy's next mission, which will take place in a couple of months.

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SpaceX was planning to reuse all three cores - as well as the two halves of the rocket's nose cone, or fairing - on future launches.

All three cores successfully came back to Earth in SpaceX's first triple landing. (SpaceX) Despite the struggles of the center core, side boosters B1052 (right) and B1053 (left) are safe and sound, awaiting their next launch. This is the first time the company has lost a landed stage on the way back to port.

The ship does have an octagrabber to secure rockets. 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.

The total cost of one of its Falcon 9 launches is estimated to reach £44 million ($61m), while each of its larger Falcon Heavy flights costs £65 million ($90m). Falcon Heavy, which is the most powerful operational rocket in the world, was used to put a satellite from the Saudi Arabia-based TV and radio provider Arabsat into orbit. Of course, SpaceX has only had a handful of days with its recovered Block 5 side boosters, the refurbishment of which will now be the critical path for launch.

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