SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket took off on its first commercial flight on Thursday.
The rocket’s center booster successfully returned to a landing platform out at sea, but the rough conditions caused it to topple over, The Verge reports.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the engines still may be salvageable.
A booster from SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket may have survived space, but it toppled over after landing on a platform out at sea, The Verge reports.
“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.
The Falcon Heavy rocket, which consists of three boosters, took off on April 11 on its first ever commercial flight. All of the boosters returned to Earth safely after the rocket’s flight. But the center core — a modified Falcon 9 booster — landed on a landing platform out to sea, and the choppy conditions caused it to topple over.
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“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,” SpaceX said.
Here’s an image of the Falcon Heavy booster out at sea:
Unfortunately @SpaceX lost the center core or #falconheavy as it was being towed into port (from 1,000 km down range) due to rough seas. They have a robot named “octagrabber” that apparently can’t grab onto the FH center core. This shouldn’t effect STP-2 which will use a new core pic.twitter.com/OfwI8LYyhr
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Source:: Business Insider