SpaceX CEO spoke about launching Falcon Heavy on his official Twitter account on Monday (2/12/2018). He also explained the reason one of the booster failed to land.
You need to know, on Tuesday (6/2/2018), Falcon Heavy successfully launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The rocket has three first-stage boosters that should have landed back on earth, including those in the middle and planned to land offshore on the SpaceX Of Course I Still Love You drone ship.
However, two of the three engines are not lit and the booster misses 100 meters from the landing. Musk informed the reporter after the Falcon Heavy launch that the booster dropped into the water at 484 kph and burned. This incident also damages the booster.
Now, Musk revealed the reason for the failure through his Twitter account. Apparently, both machines are not lit because run out of fluid starter.
“Not enough fluid to light both outer engines after several times. The solution is quite clear, “Musk wrote without elaborating.
He then switched to the current SpaceX project: the third drone ship for an offshore rocket landing. The ship is named “A Shortfall of Gravity.”
Along with two other Space X drones, “Of Course I Still Love You” and “Just Read The Instructions”, the name takes its inspiration from Iain M Banks’s Cultures series of novels.
“A Shortfall of Gravitas is under construction and will be in Florida with Of Course I Still Love You to help offshore landing booster beside Falcon Heavy. Just Read The Instruction is being used for Falcon 9 landing after the launch of SpaceX pedestals at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, “Musk wrote.