SpaceX lost successfully landed the main stage of the rocket Falcon Heavy

Last week, private aerospace company SpaceX successfully put the waste Central the first stage of super-heavy carrier rocket Falcon Heavy on a robotic barge in the Atlantic ocean. However, to save the step still failed. The reason for that troubled water, reports the portal the Verge, citing a company statement.

“On the weekends as a result of strong excitement of Atlantic water rescue team SpaceX are unable to return in safe and sound in port Canaveral core stage of the Falcon Heavy. At wave height of 2.5-3 meters accelerator began to shift from a floating platform and not resist, crashed into the ocean. Although we hoped to return him safely, safety for our team always comes first. On future missions, this event does not affect”, — said the company.

Center stage is the Falcon Heavy is a modernized version of the Falcon 9, one of the three that are used in the rocket of superheavy class. Specifically, this step, referred to, were successfully launched on 12 April, moving in geostationary orbit, a new telecommunications satellite, Arabsat 6A, belonging to Saudi Arabia as part of the second in history and at the same time the first commercial launch of the Falcon Heavy. First debut the launch vehicle took place in February 2018. It was a test. Payload in the form of courtesy by Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster electric car, at the wheel which sat a mannequin “Starman”.

Shortly after the start last Friday in all three levels (Central and two lateral) successfully landed back. The side boosters were made simultaneous landing at Cape Canaveral, Central – landed on a floating platform “Of Course I Still Love You”. This is the first time SpaceX has managed to make a successful landing triple exhaust accelerators. During the first start the side boosters have also successfully set, but the center stage is missed the barge and fell into the ocean.

Unfortunately, it seems that this time the ocean decided to “bite” the best part of the Falcon Heavy. Generally in such cases, the barge has a special robot Octagrabber, which should steadily fix the accelerator after planting. But since the main stage of Falcon Heavy is Falcon 9 modifications and connects to the two side boosters, its configuration is somewhat different from the usual stage of the Falcon 9, so the robot would not be able to fix it on the barge.

In the summer of this year, SpaceX has scheduled another launch of the Falcon Heavy. This will use a completely new main stage and two already flew last week side of the accelerator. The company noted that this time I would like to use the robot. Perhaps by the time the company will have time to spend upgrading. Otherwise, you will have to again rely on the absence of waves, which may interfere with transportation.

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