What happened to the "Center Core" of Falcon Heavy
Florida - The Falcon Heavy rocket of SpaceX made a successful launch on February 6 from Kennedy Space Center, with a limited edition of Tesla Roadstar as its payload, playing David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ on repeat.
It is now on course to orbit Mars. Falcon Heavy will travel in an elliptical orbit around the Sun on its way toward Mars.
But the live stream made a critical happening heard by everyone watching the live event.
We lost the center core.
The component of the rocket was supposed to land on a landing pad of its own. But so far it's not clear if it did.
The two side cores of the rocket carried out extremely well-synchronized landings SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2.
But the critical moment during the live feed of the event makes us think that the center core didn't settle on the company’s drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean as planned.
SpaceX didn't confirm yet the loss of the core.
Update: Elon Musk said at a conference that the "center core" ran out of fuel, which kept the core from being able to slow down as much as it needed for landing. Because of that, the core hit the water at 300MPH, 100 meters away from the ship.
It was enough to take out two thrusters and shower the deck with shrapnel. That should be worth seeing on video if the cameras didn't get blown up,he said.