Elon Musk Explains Why the Falcon Heavy Center Core Crashed

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch was succesful

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch was succesful

"Its objective: "[To] support high flight rates for Falcon 9 and dual ocean landings for Falcon Heavy boosters".

Replying to questions via Twitter, Musk revealed that the center booster ran out of ignition fluid and simply couldn't get all of its engines to fire before reaching the Earth. For that, it is building a new drone ship that will join two other SpaceX drone ships now floating on the Space Coast.

At least two more Falcon Heavy missions are on the docket for this year, along with the many Falcon 9 missions for satellite customers and NASA, which uses SpaceX's Dragon cargo ships to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, is busy in preparing a new space drone ship that will enhance the rocket recovering capacity of SpaceX.

Of Course I Still Love You was scheduled to recover the third Falcon booster from last week's Falcon Heavy launch, but the booster missed its mark by about 300 feet crashing into the ocean at speeds exceeding 300 miles per hour. The latter is based at Port Canaveral and returns Falcon 9 boosters to facilities near the port for post-launch checkouts. All the three drone ships are named after the spacecraft that featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.

Last week, the world watched as SpaceX launched their Falcon Heavy rocket with a Tesla Roadster stowed aboard.

The name of the new drone ship is A Shortfall of Gravitas and will join the now operational Of Course I Still Love You drone ship for East Coast booster landing operations. We all know that the actual launch of the Falcon Heavy with Musk's own Tesla Roadster and a "Starman" inside went off without a hitch. "Fix is pretty obvious".

As National Geographic reported from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, the Falcon Heavy launch is a milestone for private companies' journey into space.

SpaceX's rocket costs $90 million.

Once fully operational, the Falcon Heavy would be capable of carrying payloads as heavy as 119,000 pounds to low-Earth orbit or almost double the capacity of its competitor Delta IV Heavy that can lift more than 62,000 pounds.

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