SpaceX lost the center of its main follower of Falcon Heavy rocket after it fell into the ocean in storm conditions.
The world's largest rocket-powered follower made a successful landing on the SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean on April 1
"At the end of the week, due to the harsh marine conditions, SpaceX's recovery team has not captured the core proponent center for its return to Port Canaveral," SpaceX said in a statement on Monday. "As the conditions of 8- to 10-foot swells are increasing, the followers start moving and ultimately will not stay right.While we hope to bring victory back full, our team's safety is always ahead of us. expect future missions to be affected. "
Aside from losing, the mission itself is considered a success. It is also marked for the first time for SpaceX to land three boosters simultaneously, with two safe returns to the dry ground and today's lost victory that performs a perfect touchdown on the drone ship.
SpaceX has built more than 20 drone-ship landings with smaller Falcon 9 rocket over the past four years. As the team continues to work to improve the reuse of rocket reuse technology, some of the previous missions have seen that it has fallen and exploded seconds after touchdown. The landing system was significantly improved, although it was still suffering from occasional attempts, including Falcon Heavy's flight time when the center core was malfunctioned down the road and did not get drone ship altogether.
This is the first time for SpaceX to lose followers in a rough period following a safe landing. The drone ship has one way to secure Falcon 9 followers after landing, but slightly different Heavy followers designs prevent the same system from using. The company plans to adjust the system in time for the next Heavy launch in the summer.
The Falcon Heavy is perhaps most simply described as three Falcon 9 rocket collections, a design that allows it to pack more than 5 million pounds of thrust – equivalent to eighteen 747 the aircraft fired all at once. It is the largest rocket in operation today, and is the second largest on the date after Saturn V, the rocket pushing multiple space missions into space in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Falcon's first outing Heavy in 2018 is for exam goals and includes sending a Tesla Roadster owned by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on a trip to Mars and beyond. Compared to Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy paves the way for heavier payloads and more ambitious missions using SpaceX's reusable rocket system.
The mission last week was the first commercial launch of Falcon Heavy, which deployed Lockheed Martin-built Arabsat-6A satellite communications for providing TV, internet, and telephone services in the Middle East, Africa , and Europe.