New SpaceX Drone Ship Confirmed By Elon Musk

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NASA has added Elon Musk's midnight cherry Tesla Roadster to its database of celestial bodies following the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The booster missed the landing ship by about 328 feet (100 meters) and hit the water at 300 miles per hour (484 km/h), damaging thrusters on the nearby droneship, Musk has said. As far as the two boosters that did touch down successfully, SpaceX revealed that they are not planning to reuse those in the future.

Officially called autonomous spaceport drone ships (ASDS), the drones take their name from space-going vessels from the Culture series of novels written by Iain M. Banks. By reaching orbit on board the Falcon Heavy rocket, it has proven that SpaceX has the capability to send large payloads to space. Musk said Monday that there wasn't enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines of the booster "after several three engine relights".

The Falcon Heavy is now the world's most powerful operational rocket, capable of lifting 141,000 pounds of cargo into low-Earth orbit - the same as about 10 adult African elephants. In fact, he made an awesome video of SpaceX's failed Falcon 9 booster landings for us to watch in the past. The plan was for the core to execute three engine burns to fly down to the company's drone ship for an ocean landing. According to Musk, the rocket's central core missed the ship by about 300 feet, but the force of the wave made from the impact managed to damage two of the engines on the ship. Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, answers questions during a press conference following Tuesday's Falcon Heavy launch from Kennedy Space Center. "Fix is pretty obvious". The device is the most powerful rocket in use today. "A Shortfall of Gravitas" will be deployed in the Atlantic.

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SpaceX is confident it can keep recovering boosters from Falcon Heavy launches.

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