SpaceX's first core of Falcon Heavy Block 5 (d. H. Booster) has made a bittersweet return ashore aboard a drone ship Of Course I Still Love You after appearing to have been caused by the wave during one Tumblings had broken in half.
The maritime and space-minded fans Julia Bergeron and Stephen Marr first documented the condition of the SpaceX rocket as it flew through the mouth of Port Canaveral. Although the lighting conditions were far from optimal, photos indicate that the core of the Block 5 center was almost surgically removed and everything above the kerosene (RP-1) fuel tank was removed. In other words, the LOx tank and intermediate are nowhere to be found, while the Octaweb of Falcon Heavy B1
Probably the B1057 booster, the fresh core of Falcon Heavy should have no problems starting on its third start, though SpaceX is likely to ensure that the robot robot of the drone ship is Falcon Heavy compatible this time.
According to SpaceX boss Elon Musk, the cause of this incident can be traced back to a combination of bad luck and the simple fact that OCISLY's Octagrabber was still equipped for Falcon Heavy Central. It's unclear what prevents Octagrabber from connecting to the custom boosters, but it's probably related to the bulky mechanisms they use to transmit the thrust of both side boosters and push them away safely during the booster disconnect. These mechanisms – a combination of matt black polygons and cylinders and clockwork blocks – are clearly visible in the photo above.
Some smaller subassemblies are likely to be salvaged from the badly damaged aft section of the B1055, but the booster's nine Merlin 1D engines are probably the only hardware that can be recovered. It even appears that the nozzles of at least two of these Merlin 1Ds have been damaged by the fall of B1055.
The successful restoration of the B1055 engine section was intended to provide SpaceX engineers with a hands-on experience of reconnaissance and remediation engineers for the first time, even after the flight, on the complex interconnecting and disconnecting mechanisms of a central core. The condition of these mechanisms and the booster's oktaweb heat shield, which suffered from an exceptionally hot and fast reentry, will hopefully provide valuable insights into their performance at the edge of Falcon's viable aerial flyover.
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