SpaceX reveals why Falcon Heavy central booster crashed into the sea

Launching Elon Musk's car toward Mars was a backup plan — here's what SpaceX actually wanted to do with Falcon

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.

Last week's Falcon Heavy launch saw the two side boosters come down side by side at Landing Zones 1 and 2 at Cape Canaveral, while the middle booster attempted an ultimately unsuccessful landing on Of Course I Still Love You. Despite being a demo mission meant to show that the rocket can fire its engines and reach orbit, the launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket has generated quite a bit of publicity for SpaceX. "Just Read the Instructions" is in the Pacific for launches from Vandenberg, and "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic for launches from Cape Canaveral.

The ship appears to be named in honor of the fictional spaceship "Experiencing A Significant Gravitas Shortfall" in the science fiction books "Look to Windward" and "Matter" by the late author Iain M. Banks. According to Musk, the rocket's central core missed the ship by about 300 feet, but the force of the wave made from the impact managed to damage two of the engines on the ship.

"Not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engine relights", Musk also said Monday on the center core's landing failure.

The fix, he said, was "pretty obvious".

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Musk emphasized before and after the launch, success was never guaranteed.

SpaceX intends to build a more powerful rocket than Falcon Heavy that could eventually send humans to Mars and beyond. The rocket leapt off Pad 39A at 3:45pm.

The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space through clear blue skies on its debut test flight on February 11 from a Florida launch site in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket service.

So, if you go into the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab system HORIZONS and type in Target Body - change, you will see all the information about Generate Ephemeris related to its space spinning!

This helpful video from Concerning Reality walks through the history of rockets in comparison to the Falcon Heavy.

This saving is due to the fact that the boosters from the SpaceX rocket can be recovered and reused.

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