In the future, they will adapt the system for the Falcon Heavy's next mission launch. But because the Falcon 9 booster used in the makeup of Falcon Heavy was modified, upgrades to the octograbber were not complete when it was most needed. (SpaceX) Despite the struggles of the center core, side boosters B1052 (right) and B1053 (left) are safe and sound, awaiting their next launch.
The most powerful operational rocket in the world, the Falcon Heavy, has lost its center core booster to the Atlantic Ocean.
"Over the weekend, due to rough sea conditions, SpaceX's recovery team was unable to secure the center core booster for its return trip to Port Canaveral", SpaceX said in a statement to the outlet.
The booster landed on a platform off the coast of Florida after the rocket's successful launch on Thursday. In the only previous Falcon Heavy mission to date, this booster missed the drone ship completely and slammed into the sea, so SpaceX is still making progress. The fairings splashed down in the ocean as well, and were quickly scooped up by SpaceX, so it seems the company is confident it can negate the effects of seawater on at least some of its pricey rocket parts.
SpaceX landed a very big fish but was unable to reel it in.
SpaceX's first successful commercial mission came off nearly without a hitch last week. 'Three for three boosters today for the Falcon Heavy'.
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The total cost of one of its Falcon 9 launches is estimated to reach £44 million ($61m), while each of its larger Falcon Heavy flights costs £65 million ($90m).
The company also recovered both halves of the Heavy's payload fairing during Thursday's mission, securing hardware that costs $6 million.
The Dragon spacecraft are used as the final stage of SpaceX missions to resupply the International Space Station.
Both of the side boosters landed without a hitch last week, as they did after Falcon Heavy's inaugural flight previous year.
The two side boosters will be reused on the next Falcon Heavy launch, of the Air Force's Space Test Program (STP) 2 mission, carrying a number of technology demonstration satellites.