SpaceX successfully landed a central part of its Falcon Heavy missile on a drone ship last week, but the vehicle accidentally entered the ocean to the Florida coast.
"During the weekend, due to rough sea conditions, the SpaceX recovery team could not provide a central amplifier to return to Port Canaveral," said SpaceX in a statement The Verge . “As the conditions worsened by eight to ten feet, the amplifier began to move and could not remain vertically. While we were hoping to bring the amplifier back to life, our team's safety is always more important. We do not expect future missions to be affected. "
The center is a modified Falcon 9 amplifier ̵
After the take-off, all three rocket cores have landed successfully on the ground: two outer cores have fallen on a double concrete landing on the Green Shore, and the center core has fallen on the company's drone ship, "I still love you" in the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first time SpaceX pulled out a triple landing. During the first Falcon Heavy flight, the outer cores only landed perfectly, but the central core missed the ship's ship and hooked it to the ocean
It now seems that the ocean has once again got a better core of the Falcon Heavy. SpaceX has ways to protect missiles landed in the ocean, including a robot called octagrabber, which locks into the base of the amplifiers. But since the central core connects to two side amplifiers, it has a different design than the conventional Falcon 9 amplifier. So, eighty without being able to get into it
SpaceX has another Falcon Heavy mission that will once again return to Florida this summer, which will benefit from a completely new core and two outer cores that landed last week. SpaceX plans to use octagrabber for this mission. Perhaps the company has some time to upgrade the robot to keep it in the central core, or perhaps the quieter sea will be more convenient for rocket transportation