New SpaceX Drone Ship Confirmed By Elon Musk

New SpaceX Drone Ship Confirmed By Elon Musk

A new era in Space Adventure was launched by Elon Musk with SpaceX when he sent the red Tesla Roadster over there.

That core booster, which was expected to land offshore on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", crashed when two of three engines did not fire during a final landing burn, Musk told reporters after the launch.

The name of the new drone ship is A Shortfall of Gravitas and will join the now operational Of Course I Still Love You drone ship for East Coast booster landing operations.

One of the things most of us like most about Elon Musk is that he isn't afraid to talk about failures. The two engines did not fire because they ran out of ignition fluid, Musk said.

The fix, he said, was "pretty obvious". Musk hopes that the vehicle will travel in the deep space for a billion years.

During the minutes leading up to the launch of the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX briefly touched on the Roadster's extra payload, though very little was said about the storage device's contents. Currently, Of Course I Still Love You is present at Port Canaveral and has successfully recovered many Falcon 9 boosters for reuse. And with the return of two of the Falcon Heavy's reusable boosters, the company is paving the way for cheap and reliable space travel.

The need for a third drone ship has arisen because of the increasing number of launches SpaceX is managing for NASA and other contractors. You can see a picture of it here.


SpaceX teams at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, meanwhile, are targeting no earlier than 12:35 a.m. ET on February 22 for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40.

The comment was made during a Twitter conversation between the Tesla Motors CEO and Tory Bruno, the chief executive of Space X competitor United Launch Alliance, about its plan to replace its Delta and Atlas rockets with a new, powerful booster called the Vulcan rocket.

SpaceX's secret Falcon Heavy payload is known as Arch 1.2, and it contains Issac Asimov's Foundation trilogy, a sci-fi series that discusses the preservation of humankind - a relevant topic. The company's next launch is scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 17) from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SpaceX announced its intention to build the Falcon Heavy in 2011, crafting it as a vehicle essentially made out of three combined Falcon 9s, the company's now most-used rocket.

SpaceX is also building a crewed version of Dragon to fly astronauts for NASA.

It all started when Doug Ellison, a Jet Propulsion Laboratory visualisation producer, shared some calculations that demonstrated in some cases that the Delta IV Heavy rocket could match the performance of Space X's Falcon Heavy.

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