SpaceX lost its Falcon Heavy core booster to the ocean

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The vehicle's first launch early past year saw the two side boosters land at Cape Canaveral, but the center core ditched into the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX has confirmed that bad weather and an unfortunate lack of hardware has caused the second-ever Falcon Heavy center core to slide off the deck of drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, although CEO Elon Musk suggests that the rocket's engine section could be recoverable. But the rocket fell into the ocean while being transported to the Florida coast.

"As conditions worsened with eight to ten-foot swells, the booster began to shift and ultimately was unable to remain upright". While we had hoped to bring the booster back intact, the safety of our team always takes precedence. "We do not expect future missions to be impacted", SpaceX told The Verge. The centre core came from a modified Falcon 9 booster.

SpaceX's next Falcon Heavy mission, slated for this summer, will use a new center core, so the loss of the core from last week's mission won't affect it.

Unfortunately for SpaceX, rough seas robbed the company the pleasure of having to reassemble the Falcon Heavy with parts already used on the rocket's first commercial mission. Whatever it was that caused SpaceX to build two Falcon Heavy Block 5 center cores almost back to back, that foresight or luck now means that B1055's untimely demise should have little to no impact on SpaceX's launch manifest, including the imminent STP-2 mission.

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Thursday's flight was only the second of a Falcon Heavy rocket and the first with a paying customer's cargo aboard.

The fall was a hiccup in an otherwise successful mission - the company's first use of Falcon Heavy since its debut flight in February 2018. It will be used for the next mission according to SpaceX.

Musk said in a separate tweet that the Falcon Heavy's nose cone, or fairing, which protects the satellite during launch, was also safely recovered after it parachuted to a soft landing in the ocean.

The SpaceX droneship is now on its way back from the Atlantic. The two side boosters landed side-by-side at the former Launch Complex 13 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, several kilometers south of the launch site.

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