SpaceX's Third New Drone Ship to Be Called "A Shortfall of Gravitas"

Elon Musk explains why Falcon Heavy core booster didn’t stick the landing

It will be the third of its kind and is expected to operate in tandem with the two other existing ones, the Of Course I Still Love You, based on the East Coast (the one damaged by the Falcon Heavy botched landing), and Just Read the Instructions, on the West Coast.

Landing used rocket cores and reusing them is one of the main selling points of SpaceX and one of the reasons why the company's CEO Elon Musk believes he can cut costs massively for each launch. SpaceX's third ship, named Just Read the Instructions, is now operational at the West Coast is used for rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Replying to questions via Twitter, Musk revealed that the center booster ran out of ignition fluid and simply couldn't get all of its engines to fire before reaching the Earth.

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SpaceX has a rather busy year ahead and another landing ship could prove to be useful. Large and heavy payloads, like what the Falcon Heavy is built to deliver, will have boosters running on tight fuel margins, so landing them at sea and bringing them back makes sense.

SpaceX already has one floating platform for the Atlantic Ocean and another for the Pacific Ocean. Currently, Of Course I Still Love You is present at Port Canaveral and has successfully recovered many Falcon 9 boosters for reuse.

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.

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But the center core booster ended up hitting the Atlantic Ocean at 300 miles per hour and about 328 feet from the floating platform where it was supposed to land.

"Not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engine relights", Musk also said Monday on the center core's landing failure.

Falcon Heavy's outer rockets made a spectacular simultaneous landing, and the rocket's payload - a Cherry Red Tesla auto with a crash dummy inside - was delivered into space as expected.

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