Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

SpaceX reveals why Falcon Heavy's center booster crashed into the ocean

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Doris Mccormick | 14 February, 2018, 18:33

To make the Falcon Heavy work, SpaceX had to redesign the center booster completely, rework the control systems, and upgrade the fins that the reusable first stages use to steer so they can land back on Earth. The two engines did not fire because they ran out of ignition fluid, Musk said. They've developed two series of the special discs; one resides in Musk's personal library, and the other is now rocketing through space in a car's glovebox.

Of Course I Still Love You, though, was damaged during the first Falcon Heavy mission that took flight from Kennedy Space Center - the rocket's center core missed the ship by about 300 feet, but the force of its 300 miles per hour water impact was enough to "take out" two engines on the ship.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, is busy in preparing a new space drone ship that will enhance the rocket recovering capacity of SpaceX.

That core booster, which was expected to land offshore on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", crashed when two of three engines did not fire during a final landing burn, Musk told reporters after the launch.

You may not have noticed, but there was more than one Tesla Roadster on board the Falcon Heavy rocket that launched last week.

"Not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engine relights", Musk wrote. The ship will be called A Shortfall Of Gravitas, which like Of Course I Still Love You and the Pacific-based Just Read The Instructions gets its name from the sentient starships in Iain Banks's Culture novels.

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The fix, he said, was "pretty obvious".

The 1.37 minute clip not only captures a picture-perfect launch of the world's most powerful rocket, but also the recovery of two side boosters in a simultaneous, controlled landing.

For billionaire entrepreneur and spaceman-of-the-hour Elon Musk, the Falcon Heavy's launch on February 6 was just a humble beginning. SpaceX has successfully landed multiple Falcon 9 rockets on the ship in the past.

In the meantime, SpaceX still has a full slate of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches on tap in 2018.

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