SpaceX Falcon Heavy's battered center core booster last week returned to Port Canaveral today.
Despite a successful landing after takeoff, the center booster could not stay upright on the return flight of the drone ship. Heavy sea overturned it and it was visible on its side in a collapsed heap as it entered the harbor this morning. Only the second launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket, it was the first success of the landing of the center core was a premiere, because the test launch of the massive rocket in 2018, the Eles Musks Tesla Roadster transported into space, could Landing not hold.
On the first commercial launch of a Falcon Heavy last Thursday, both Side Boosters landed successfully on Cape Canaveral, as well as the Center Booster landing on the drone ship, "Of course, I still love you.
But on rough seas with eight to ten foot waves, the booster was pushed aboard the ship and crashed. Unlike regular Falcon 9 launches that land their boosters at sea, the center core has a different configuration, and the system using SpaceX to back up the booster at sea could not be implemented.
The mission, launched on April 11 by Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, sent the Arabsat 6A communications satellite in geostationary transfer orbit.
Falcon 9 missions are used for low Earth orbit.
The Falcon Heavy uses 27 engines that fire at once and have the potential to launch 141,000 pounds into space. On February 6, 2018, Musk's Tesla dispatched with driver Starman, dressed in a SpaceX space suit Trajectory that led him across Mars to the asteroid belt.
This launch was the largest rocket fired from Earth since the Apollo program. 19659002] The spectacle of both the first Falcon Heavy start and the first commercial launch brought thousands of spectators to Cape Canaveral.
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