On February 6 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 3:45PM ET, the world witnessed the historic event of the launching of the Falcon Heavy, which was carrying a dummy load as a test. While the outer cores landed almost simultaneously back on Earth, the main core appears to have faced some difficulties. According to certain reports, the main core ran out of propellant mid-way and crashed into the ocean at about 300 miles per hour, 300 feet away from the landing drone ship (which was dubbed as ‘Of Course I Still Love You’). Elon Musk further stated that there were no plans to re-use the centre booster, had it been recovered.
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However, despite this hiccup, the mission was deemed a success. The main purpose of this launch was a proof-of-concept that it is possible to successfully fly a rocket with reusable boosters beyond orbit. This successful experiment shows that there is a cheaper way to get satellites and other payloads in space.
As for the main core, Elon stated that there is a possibility that there is a video of the crash if the camera survived.
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