SpaceX Loses Falcon Heavy Rocket Center Core Booster in Atlantic Ocean

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida U.S

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launch pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida U.S

They have a robot named "octagrabber" that apparently can't grab onto the FH center core.

But as ocean swells continued to rise, wave heights caused the center core to fall off of the company's drone ship, dubbed 'Of Course I Still Love You, ' which is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Verge.

While the Arabsat-6A Falcon Heavy core (B1055.1) may have been lost, it was not planned to be part of the STP-2 Falcon Heavy's configuration.

"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", SpaceX told The Verge in a statement. Unable to remain upright, the rocket tipped over and fell into the ocean.

The center core is a modified Falcon 9 booster - one of three that make up the Falcon Heavy rocket.

Thursday's flight was only the second of a Falcon Heavy rocket and the first with a paying customer's cargo aboard. "The safety of our team always takes precedence".

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The SpaceX droneship is now on its way back from the Atlantic.

Two side boosters touched down safely at SpaceX's Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, not far from their launch pad. "We do not expect future missions to be impacted".

SpaceX was also able to recover both fairing halves of the megarocket for the first time. SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a tweet a few hours after the launch that the fairing will be reflown on a launch later this year of SpaceX's Starlink broadband constellation, which may be the first reuse of the vehicle's fairings.

SpaceX has another Falcon Heavy mission this summer and will need a new centre core to launch it.

After sending the Arabsat-6 telecommunications satellite on the first leg of its journey to geostationary orbit on Thursday, the three first-stage rocket cores went their separate ways. STP-2 is now scheduled to lift off from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in June and should mark the third time the massive FH takes to the skies. The launch, it said, was scheduled for no earlier than June.

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