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SpaceX loses the center core of its Falcon Heavy rocket due to choppy seas

SpaceX successfully landed the center core of its Falcon Heavy rocket on a drone ship last week, but the vehicle accidentally fell into the ocean while in transit to the Florida coast. ” The center core is a modified Falcon 9 booster — one of three that make up the Falcon Heavy rocket. SpaceX does have ways to secure the rockets it lands in the ocean, including a robot known as the “octagrabber” that latches on to the base of the boosters. But because the center core connects to two side boosters, it has a different design than a normal Falcon 9 booster. SpaceX has another Falcon Heavy mission coming up sometime this summer in Florida, one that will use an entirely new center core and the two outer cores that landed last week.

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