New SpaceX Drone Ship Confirmed By Elon Musk

Audrey Hill
February 14, 2018

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.

For now, the Heavy will enable SpaceX to compete for contracts to launch larger spy satellites, and some experts in spaceflight are encouraging NASA to use private rockets. For that, it is building a new drone ship that will join two other SpaceX drone ships now floating on the Space Coast. SpaceX's third ship, named Just Read the Instructions, is now operational at the West Coast is used for rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base. All three of these ships are named after spacecraft featured in Iain M. Banks' series of "Culture" novels. According to Musk, the core didn't have enough ignition fluid to light the two outer engines of the booster for its final approach to the ship. "Fix is pretty obvious".

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But as Musk emphasized before and after the launch, success was hardly a given.

Eventually, Musk hopes that Falcon Heavy will be able to take humans to Mars, and is aiming to put a person on the red planet as soon as 2024. The rocket leapt off Pad 39A at 3:45pm.

ELON Musk has revealed why SpaceX's Falcon Heavy central booster failed to land on its drone ship, during the launch of the world's most powerful rocket. Port Canaveral is already reportedly planning to build a berth or dock to welcome the increase of rockets coming into the port for launch at nearby facilities.

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

Last week's launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy was incredible for so many reasons, not least of which was Elon Musk's extremely low expectations for the craft's debut.

SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket soars into space on February 6, 2018 after a successful debut launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

He said: "Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks".

Perhaps NASA should just get on the SpaceX waiting list for a new rocket. Unfortunately, the center booster didn't survive its return journey, and now we finally know why. MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY Makr and Linda Guinn from Minnesota were part of the crowd in Cape Canaveral.

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