Last week SpaceX successfully landed the center core of its Falcon Heavy rocket on a drone ship. But the vehicle fell into the ocean accidentally while in transit to the Florida coast. The company blamed choppy seas for the accident.
SpaceX said in a statement, “Over the weekend, due to the rough sea conditions, SpaceX’s recovery team was not able to secure the center core booster for its Port Canaveral return trip”. “As conditions got worse with eight to ten foot swells, the booster began to shift and was unable to remain upright ultimately. Though we had hopes to bring the booster back intact, the safety of our team takes precedence always, and we do not expect future missions to be impacted.”
The center core is a modified Falcon 9 booster. It is one of three cores that make up the Falcon Heavy rocket. This core flew on Thursday, April 11th, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during the second flight of the Falcon Heavy. The flight marked the 1st time the rocket had flown in over a year since its debut in February last year. It also marked the first commercial mission for the vehicle.