Elon Musk Explains Why the Falcon Heavy Center Core Crashed

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Falcon Heavy's outer rockets made a spectacular simultaneous landing, and the rocket's payload - a Cherry Red Tesla auto with a crash dummy inside - was delivered into space as expected. The side boosters used in the Falcon Heavy launch were previously flown and recovered. While SpaceX was able to recover two of the three first stage boosters, the center core failed to land on the drone ship. All three drones are named after spacecraft featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, notes the report.

While answering questions he also revealed that the next droneship SpaceX will make will be called "A Shortfall of Gravitas", this one will join "Of Course I Still Love You" and "Just Read the Instructions".

After the Falcon Heavy launch, from Kennedy Space Center, the rocket's the rocket's center core missed the Of Course I Still Love You ship by about 300 feet, but the force created by its 300 miles per hour water impact damaged the ship's two engines.

The fix, he said, was "pretty obvious". The presence of a second drone ship will give SpaceX much more flexibility in plotting out future Falcon Heavy launches and recoveries, with it then possible to have the side boosters land at sea simultaneously. It has many private-sector uses, including communications satellites.

"Also includes a Hot Wheels toy model Roadster on the car's dash with a mini-Starman inside, a data storage device placed inside the auto contains a copy of Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation, ' A plaque on the attachment fitting between the Falcon Heavy upper stage and the Tesla is etched with the names of more than 6,000 SpaceX employees", the description continued.

If you follow the build-up to and launch of Falcon Heavy earlier this month, you would have heard a lot of talk about just how powerful it is. The first test flight of that ship on a Falcon 9 rocket is also expected in 2018. MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY Makr and Linda Guinn from Minnesota were part of the crowd in Cape Canaveral. While it may seem like a bluff, Musk isn't new to following through on the things he says he'll do on Twitter.

Thousands watched the livestream, as the auto was shot into space as David Bowie's "Life on Mars" played.

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