SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful one in history, has been launched last Tuesday from Florida. The launch was successful. Two of the propulsors landed in synchrony, in the enthusiastic applause of the spectators, at Cape Canaveral. The third one, however, missed the landing on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean.
The SpaceX Falcon Heavy importance
Propelled by 27 engines, the Falcon Heavy rocket will be able to send giant satellites to orbit, the Moon, or even Mars.
Elon Musk has officially confirmed before the launch that aboard his ship will be his 2008 Tesla Roadster.
For his fame and glory, that really happened.
Falcon Heavy has really brought to space the first red Tesla sports car that belonged to Musk himself. If everything will go as planned, the vehicle will travel in space for billions of years.
This is how Elon Musk explains why the core booster crashed
Shortly after the launch, the rocket boosters came back to the Florida base. The core booster, however, did not land as expected on the “Of course I still love you” barge owned by SpaceX which was located in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to Musk, the booster did not have enough ignition to start the two outboard engines that would have guided it to fulfill its final step, namely the landing on the barge.
As a result, the rocket’s core booster crashed into the ocean at a speed of 300 miles per hour, about 100 yards away from the ship.
Musk explained this event on his Twitter page, where he said:
“Not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engines relight. Fix is pretty obvious,” Elon Musk tweeted.
The common-sense fix would be to simply add some more fuel in the guidance engines’ tanks. However, Musk didn’t offer much info in this regard.