SpaceX’s recovered core booster damaged in rough seas


SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk Tweeted that they may be able to save the engines from the center core, pending an inspection first. Almost. Despite landing safely on a drone ship off the Florida coast, one of the three boosters was lost before it could return to dry land. The rocket's central booster is a modified version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster, flanked by two other Falcon 9 boosters in the flight-ready Falcon Heavy rocket.

The side boosters that are on each side of the rocket returned to the SpaceX's concrete pads on the Florida coastline while the larger center booster landed at the autonomous barge owned by SpaceX in the Atlantic Ocean. "As conditions exacerbated with eight to ten foot swells, the booster started to move and at last was unable to stay upstanding". "The safety of our team always takes precedence". "We do not expect future missions to be impacted", SpaceX told The Verge.

With this deployment the Falcon Heavy, created with the goal of sending manned missions to the Moon and Mars, has successfully completed its first commercial mission.

For its second launch, SpaceX says it will attempt to recover all three boosters.

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Throughout SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy flight past year, two of the boosters made a landing on pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Separately, SpaceX's launch of a much-delayed navigation satellite for the US military was halted on Tuesday, postponing for at least a day the space transportation company's first designated national security mission for the United States. (SpaceX) Despite the struggles of the center core, side boosters B1052 (right) and B1053 (left) are safe and sound, awaiting their next launch.

The Falcon Heavy uses a different design to the Falcon 9, so the octograbber couldn't be used this time around - which probably didn't help attempts to keep the rocket booster upright on top of the ship. Falcon Heavy will be carrying Lockheed Martin's Arabsat 6A communications satellite to orbit when it finally blasts off. Luckily, the two remaining cores of the spacecraft landed with no complications and remained intact.