The Falcon Heavy is a critical SpaceX mission, and it was finally launched on its first commercial mission. While the landings were almost perfect, there was an issue with the core booster of the Falcon Heavy. It appears that the booster was lost in the sea after the landing.
SpaceX offered a descry
Space X also described the event: “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.
As conditions worsened with eight to ten-foot swells, the booster began to shift and ultimately was unable to remain upright. While we had hoped to bring the booster back intact, the safety of our team always takes precedence. We do not expect future missions to be impacted.”
The core couldn’t be secured with the help of the octagrabber mechanism. However, a couple of enhancements were made so that the octagrabber can be used for future heavy missions.
Good news – SpaceX recovered the Falcon Heavy booster lost in the sea
However, not everything is lost. It appears that the center core wasn’t entirely knocked off the ship. The core was cut in in half to save essential components. Rough seas also managed to damage the center up to a certain degree.
Back on Tuesday, someone asked Elon Musk if they will try to recover any sections of the core. “Engines seem ok, pending inspection” he replied.
At the end of the day, this mission was, in fact, a success, since SpaceX managed to recover all three boosters. Last year the center core got to the ocean, so the recent flight is definitely an improvement. In the future things should be even better.
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