A key booster from the Falcon Heavy Rocket, launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, was landed on a spacecraft unmanned space ship and then pushed into a rough sea, SpaceX officials said on Monday.
Falcon Heavy's key booster was pushed in about 10 minutes after Falcon Heavy was fired from the Space Coast of Florida, and a short time after two side booster rockets landed at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.
It was the first landing that SpaceX landed all three Falcon Heavy Boosters on the same mission. In February 2018, Falcon Heavy's inauguration flight crashed in the sea near a drone when the ignition fluid fell off.
However, SpaceX rocked the unmanned aircraft named "I Still Love You", and the sea knocked down the rocket before allowing the troops to secure the booster on the ship.
SpaceX spokesman James Gleeson said, "On weekends, due to the harsh sea conditions, the SpaceX recovery team did not get a center core booster on their way back to Port Canaveral." With 8 to 10 edema, And ultimately could not remain upright.
Gleeson said in a statement, "We tried to bring the booster back to normal, but our team's safety is always a priority." "We do not expect future missions to be affected."
The launch was successful on its main goals and delivered 6A Arabic satellite communications to orbit around the Middle East, North Africa and Europe to begin the mission of transmitting video, radio and Internet signals.
Half of the Falcon heavy-side booster and rocket-mounted objects have been restored and will be reused in future missions, SpaceX said.
Because the core booster uses a different mechanical interface, the SpaceX system was typically employed to secure a booster for unmanned aircraft and could not be used for Falcon heavy missions. However, SpaceX plans to use the system in the next landing attempt.
Falcon Heavy headed east from the Kennedy Space Center, which is equipped with 27 Merlin main engines with a propulsion of more than 5.1 million pounds. Each of the rocket's three-stage booster nine.
Falcon Heavy's core booster will be fired for 3 minutes and 30 seconds when fired on Thursday, accelerating at more than 6,600 mph (10,700 km / h) and accelerating before finishing the deployment at the top of the rocket. Arab satellite 6A communications satellites are in orbit Entered.
The twin side booster was ejected one minute earlier to return to Cape Canaveral, about two and a half minutes of T + plus. The core stage flies to a lower throttle setting to conserve fuel and then ramps up to full power after the side booster is disengaged.
SpaceX's unmanned aircraft were parked about 615 miles (990 kilometers) east of Cape Canaveral, and the high-speed firing of the Falcon Heavy caused the spacecraft to be much narrower I was in position.
The side booster, which landed on Thursday after its opening, will be inspected and reopened for the next Falcon Heavy flight scheduled for late June, and will already use a new Core Booster. The two-piece payload shroud will be re-launched later this year to launch Falcon 9, which will bring SpaceX's Starlink broadband Internet satellite into orbit.
SpaceX successfully recalled the rocket boosters, which are the key stage lost after the landing of Falcon Heavy. A total of 37 rocket booster units, 23 unmanned aircraft, 13 Cape Canaveral air bases, and 1 Vandenberg Air Force Base, It reached.
Email the author.
Follow Stephen Clark on Twitter. @ StephenClark1.