After all, SpaceX may have made landing a rocket on an oceangoing, remote-controlled ships seem routine - the failed attempt to land Falcon Heavy's main booster was the first unsuccessful landing in about 19 months - but it's still a big, fiery rocket landing on a floating platform.
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. "Its goal: "[To] support high flight rates for Falcon 9 and dual ocean landings for Falcon Heavy boosters". But SpaceX says that it will not always use the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to land the two side boosters of Falcon Heavy.
Musk took to Twitter on Monday morning to give a few more updates on the Falcon Heavy's first flight. On why it happened, Musk said that there was "not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engine relights", adding, "Fix is pretty obvious".More news: January CPI inflation at 5.07%; IIP sees 7.1% surge
According to Musk, it appears the Roadster will instead, and keep driving on until the asteroid belt. All three drones are named after spacecraft featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, notes the report. The huge Falcon Heavy rocket will play an integral role in seeing those dreams realized and last week's successful launch was years in the making. It will be the third of its kind and is expected to operate in tandem with the two other existing ones, the Of Course I Still Love You, based on the East Coast (the one damaged by the Falcon Heavy botched landing), and Just Read the Instructions, on the West Coast.
SpaceX is confident it can keep recovering boosters from Falcon Heavy launches. Whether that's the case or not, though, it would make for major business for Port Canaveral over the long run, since the rockets would be transported to the port, where SpaceX has a 53,000-square-foot refurbishment center and is leasing 2.2 acres of land next to the center to build a 67,000-square-foot building. Hispasat 30W-6, a commercial communications satellite, will be boosted to a geostationary transfer orbit.