The AchieVer Posted June 25, 2019 Share Posted June 25, 2019 SpaceX Falcon Heavy's center core crashes into the ocean after most difficult launch ever A thrilling night-time launch for the world's most powerful rocket ends with its center core booster crashing into the Atlantic. SpaceX SpaceX's most difficult launch yet proved to be as complicated as predicted, with the Falcon Heavy's center core booster crashing into the ocean. However, it wasn't all bad news for Elon Musk's spaceflight company -- the two side boosters, being reused for the first time, did make it back to Earth in one piece. The world's most powerful rocket launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the dead of a warm night, lifting off at 2:30 a.m. ET in a dazzling flurry of flame. As the kids say: "This launch was straight fire" SpaceX It was a particularly notable launch because it's the first time the Falcon Heavy was to reuse two side boosters flown on the previous Falcon Heavy mission. The charred metal tubes certainly showed signs of their off-world experience hours before launch, but when they ignited it was business as usual for the Heavy. Those two rocket boosters safely landed back at the Cape Canaveral Landing Zone at 2:38 a.m ET, a burst of flame lighting up the night in SpaceX's infrared cameras as the booster descended back to Earth. Entry burn. SpaceX But the dual landing was just an appetizer. The core booster center core landing was the main dish and sadly, it never landed on the plate. On Falcon Heavy's second flight, the core booster successfully landed on SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You droneship but eventually toppled into the sea because the droneship lacked adequate clamps for the Heavy core. This time around, with clamp adjustments made, the core booster crashed into the ocean about 12 minutes after launch. The center core booster couldn't stick the landing. SpaceX The STP-2 mission carries a number of important payloads, including the crowd-funded Lightsail 2, a solar-sail test mission promoted by science star Bill Nye and the Planetary Society, NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock, which could be used to help spacecraft navigate space, and a handful of cremated remains, including those of Apollo 11 support astronaut Bill Pogue. The complete deployment will take approximately 3.5 hours and SpaceX will continue to broadcast throughout the mission. This story is developing. 13 PHOTOS Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket Source Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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