SpaceX successfully reached its central core of Falcon Heavy rocket on a drone ship last week, but the vehicle accidentally fell into the ocean while in transit on the coast of Florida. The company has blamed the loss in the volatile sea.
"Over the weekend, due to crude sea conditions, the SpaceX's recovery team no longer secured the center of the core booster for its return trip to Port Canaveral," according to SpaceX in a statement on The Verge . "As the conditions grow to eight to ten feet below, the follower starts moving and eventually does not stay straight. While we hope to bring success back full, our team's safety is always ahead. future missions will be affected. "
The center of the core is a modified Falcon 9 booster ̵
Now it seems that the ocean regained the better of the Falcon Heavy center core. SpaceX has the means to secure rockets that landed in the ocean, including a robot known as "octagrabber" that placed the base of the boosters. But since the core center connects two-part boosters, it has a different design than a normal Falcon 9 follower.
SpaceX has another Falcon Heavy mission that comes at this time this summer in Florida, which will use a completely new core center and two external cores that arrived last week. SpaceX is planning to use the octagrabber for that mission. Perhaps the company has some time to update the robot to hold in the center of the core, or perhaps calmer seas will be more conducive to transporting rockets.