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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launches| Partially Recovers boosters| Catches Payload Fairing in Historic First

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launches| Partially Recovers boosters| Catches Payload Fairing in Historic First


SpaceX Falcon Heavy, most difficult launch
yet proved to be as complicated as CEO Elon Musk predicted. This mission was a first for SpaceX in a few
ways. The company keeps tweaking its missions to
make them better and to make launches more affordable. Not only was STP-2 SpaceX’s first night-time
launch, but it was the first time that it reused flight-proven boosters. While this was the first flight for the central
booster, the other two boosters were previously used on the Arabsat-6A mission on April 11th. After a picture-perfect nighttime launch went
off without a hitch, the Falcon Heavy was on its way. However, the center core booster, which was
poised to return to land on a drone ship in the Atlantic, missed its mark and crashed
into the ocean and was destroyed on impact, early in the mission. It wasn’t all bad news: SpaceX demonstrated
the first reuse and landing of the Heavy’s two side rocket boosters. The world’s most powerful rocket SpaceX Falcon
Heavy launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral in the dead of night, lifting off at 2:30
a.m. ET Tuesday in a dazzling flurry of flame, cutting a trail through the dark. After a three hour delay from its originally
scheduled launch time of 11.30pm ET Monday, following “additional ground system checkouts”
it was postponed for 2.30am ET Tuesday launch. Prior to launch, Musk was calling this one
of the most difficult missions SpaceX has ever performed. A number of complex maneuvers were scheduled
to take place, including four separate upper-stage engine burns, three separate deployment orbits
and a total mission duration of over six hours. In this video Engineering Today will discuss
this SpaceX’s most difficult launch and Partially Recovers Falcon Heavy where the center core
couldn’t stick the landing but it was a thrilling nighttime launch for the world’s most powerful
rocket. Let’s get into details. One of the major triumphs was the reuse and
landing of the two side boosters flown on a previous Falcon Heavy mission. The charred metal tubes certainly showed signs
of their off-world experience hours before launch, but when they ignited it was business
as usual for the Heavy. The boosters landed safely back at the Cape
Canaveral Landing Zone at 2:38 a.m ET, a burst of flame lighting up the night in SpaceX’s
infrared cameras. But the dual side booster landing was just
an appetizer. The main dish would be the center core booster
landing on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. During Falcon Heavy’s second flight, SpaceX
pulled off its first center core landing — but the booster eventually toppled into the sea
because the droneship lacked adequate clamps for the Heavy core. Now, during the Falcon Heavy’s first night
launch, the center core again failed to make it safely back to dry land for the third straight
mission, prompting some to invoke the curse of the center core as the culprit. This time around the central core booster
narrowly missed SpaceX’s floating platform. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy central core booster
was supposed to land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship in the Atlantic
Ocean but it crashed into the sea and appeared to explode. SpaceX cameras captured it descending aberrantly
and then crashing into the ocean about 12 minutes after launch. The SpaceX ship exploded into flames before
crashing into the water. The SpaceX headquarters erupted with shock,
before breaking into applause. A SpaceX spokesperson described the landing
during a livestream: “The centre core entry and landing is going to be risky. “During entry it will face more heating
and dynamic pressure than we have ever experienced on Falcon 9 or Heavy before. “We have to lift the second stage higher
and faster than ever before in order to have enough performance in it to execute four burns
into all the different orbits.” Following the crash the SpaceX spokesperson
added: “It looks like our center core did not make it on our drone ship, “Of Course
I Still l Love You”, tonight. “Again, as we’ve been mentioning, this
was the most challenging landing we have had to date and this is our secondary mission.” The primary mission was to complete the deployment
of the on-board satellites. “Center core RUD. It was a long shot,” Musk later tweeted. “RUD” is a rocket science term for “rapid
unscheduled disassembly”. Many took the time to appreciate that SpaceX
didn’t try to hide from the ’embarassment’ of a failure, seeing it as an important part
of the process and something that every engineer should expect to encounter–even and especially
SpaceX engineers, who are among the world’s very best. SpaceX’s disappointment was short-lived, as
it hit another milestone approximately an hour later when it captured one half of the
payload fairing. In recent months, its inability to successfully
catch and recover the nose cone fairings of its rockets has been a real thorn in its side,
but Tuesday morning Falcon Heavy launch changed that. In a first-ever successful catch attempt,
SpaceX’s net-covered barge Ms. Tree which formerly known Mr. Steven, managed to snag
one of the two Falcon Heavy fairings as they tumbled from space. Now SpaceX needs to see if all this work will
pay off in substantial cost savings for future missions. When a rocket sends a spacecraft into orbit,
and that spacecraft deploys its payload, the protective nose cone covering the payload
bay splits in half. Each half of the nose cone is called a fairing,
and they’re not exactly cheap. It’s a $6 million bill every time one of
these fairings is destroyed, so SpaceX is keen to figure out how to re-use them. Typically, these pieces just tumble down to
Earth and splash into the ocean where they are recovered. However, salty ocean water can wreak havoc
on the sensitive components lining various parts of the fairing, so SpaceX has spent
months coming up with a way to catch the fairings before they hit the water. The fairings have small rockets to control
their descent, as well as parachutes. Early attempts were complete failures and,
despite increasing the size of the catch net on the cargo ship and adding chutes to the
fairings to slow their descent, the company just couldn’t manage to catch them. This time, the drone ship was finally in the
right place at the right time and caught one of the two fairings before they hit the ocean. It’s a big deal for SpaceX, but the work
is only half over. Now, with the fairing recovered, the company
needs to ensure that it is easily reusable and that any refurbishing it requires will
keep the final price tag below that of a brand new fairing. If SpaceX can save a chunk of cash by regularly
catching its nose cone components, it could further reduce the price of rocket launches
and push the leader in commercial spaceflight even farther ahead of the competition. STP-2 had a very interesting payload, featuring
some important customers for SpaceX. The Department of Defense, NASA, and the US
Air Force all had payloads on board. Among the payloads was the Planetary Society’s
LightSail 2, and NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock. The mission featured 24 different payloads
on 3 different spacecraft, including the Orbital Test Bed, and getting all three to their orbits
meant that the mission required three different burns and three different deployment points. This was easily the most complicated mission
profile for SpaceX. Two hours into the mission, 23 of 24 satellites
have been successfully deployed to low-Earth orbit and three and a half hours after launch,
SpaceX deployed the last of its 24 satellite payload at an altitude of just over 6000 km
to medium-Earth orbit. The Department of Defence Space Test Program-2
mission, managed by the US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Centre is the first SpaceX
mission ordered by the US Air Force. The mission intends to provide data to certify
the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, and its reused boosters, for future national security launches. The Department of Defense, which is currently
looking to contract two spaceflight providers for launches over the next four years. Provided the data from this launch gives SpaceX
the all-clear, Elon Musk’s rocket company may be locked in to win one of those contracts. However, this will almost certainly have an
impact on any planned Falcon Heavy launches in the near-term, as today’s center core was
actually the only remaining center core for the Falcon Heavy rocket system. Since that loss, SpaceX has no doubt been
building a new center core rocket to replace it, but with the loss of the second center
core this time, that new rocket will be the only one available until a second one can
be built. The center core of the Falcon Heavy rocket
is a modified Falcon rocket, however, it’s essentially identical except that it has reinforcements
on its sides and attachments for the side boosters, so while it might take time to get
a couple more Falcon Heavy center cores assembled and ready to go, it’ll certainly go quicker
than if it were an entirely different rocket. The next Falcon Heavy launch is not scheduled
yet, but according to the SpaceX Launch Manifest, the customer is Inmarsat. Inmarsat is a world leader in satellite communications. It will also launch from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy
Space Center. It’ll be interesting to see if SpaceX is
able to recover and reuse all of its boosters, as well as its nosecone fairings.

40 thoughts on “SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launches| Partially Recovers boosters| Catches Payload Fairing in Historic First”

  1. I think we are almost at that point where rocketlaunches are getting boring and that is good because when Elon Musk was asked When would SpaceX be successful? He replied: When launching rockets is boring.

    Don't get me wrong it is still cool to see but we're getting close:p

  2. Elon tweeted something about the gimbal mechanism being damaged at reentry and when they switched to a single engine for the landing it couldnt correct anymore.

  3. Too negative. This was a tremendous achievement for the crumbling US. We may have to claim you back to sanity,!

  4. I gotta ask; Do they recover parts from the bottom of the ocean to maybe recycle or reuse? Wait a sec! Before you reply, I'm only referring to the reuse or recycle of the grid fins. It's made out of titanium, that's gotta withstand an ocean rocket crash with the exception to a high speed kamikaze style crash. ???

  5. I think it's totally awesome to see Falcon Heavy launch at night, Soo Beautiful!! Also this was a great challenge for the center core, She's a Beautiful Rocket, I wish I could have seen her launch live at the Cape??

  6. The curse is the crap name for a ship. Even a drone has standards. Change the stupid name and they'll start sticking, bet.

  7. SpaceX's ability to recover boosters is something that no other company (and indeed no other country) can match. Recovery is the icing on the mission cake and therefore is not so much a 'failure' as an ongoing experiment to achieve the very difficult and to reduce the costs of launches. It is also worth noting that the dynamics of a recovery vary from launch to launch depending on final booster velocity, height and distance from launch pad. A spectrum of probability exists for the recoveries from impossible to easy and this one was just very hard. Not all recoveries can be achieved. It is interesting that we have come to expect that SpaceX missions will deliver their payloads and that the bits will be recovered and that if they are not then there is an element of 'failure' attached to the result. We have to remember that SpaceX is pushing the boundaries and when you measure other launches by Tesla's standards ALL of them fail because none of the bits are recovered.

  8. Elon Musk, will eventually be another condemned celebrity of groping women, and that'll be the end of SpaceX.

  9. 2:26 of repeating script… then we get started. and then we repeat it again… A 4 minute story told in 11 minutes.

  10. Why can't the nose cone be hinged open to release the payload, then close and return to Earth as part of the second stage recovery return system?? Why can't the second stage be held in low Earth orbit so that it can land back at the launch pad? This would save on nose cone weight, no need for return rocket systems, parachutes, a bunch of extra electronics and another ship just for nose cone recovery? Saves a bunch more money…. yes?

  11. Please note that the booster shown at 3:18 is not the centre core of the previous Falcon Heavy launch, it is the CRS-16 landing. The Falcon Heavy core was broken in half when it toppled over in high seas after landing. https://twitter.com/cygnusx112/status/1119015822704500737

  12. GO SPACE X!! GO THE PRIVATE COMMERCIALIZATION OF SPACE. If left up to corrupt, bought and paid for politicians we will have tanks that are technological wonders, combat robots, and missiles that are geniuses. What we won't have is permanent moon bases and orbital stations. No manned mars bases or exploration, no mining of asteroids and other space industry and most especially no deep space perhaps multigenerational exploration colonization missions to ensure the future survival of humanity. With private industry such as Space X and many others soon to follow, we can and will have all these things and much more, a true future that's limitless. Politicians can only represent progress of any kind wherever destruction and death are involved. Sad but so very true.

  13. "easily the most complicated mission" LMFAO ???? Hope you didn't pay someone to write that! (At least it wasn't repeated 10 times like the rest of the video)

  14. Come on Elon of course I still love you but just make the barge 5 times bigger maybe no missing a super floating landing platform

  15. why not delay the center core reentry? let it on orbit a few hours, and then let it land like the other boosters, on land not on sea.

  16. Yo Space X! Don't be dense. Unless you're willfully, intententionally, and honestly blowing it. If so just change your name to Ex Space and trash the ferrings along with your boosters, heavy rocket, and drone tubs.
    Really tho, just jamming you up over what you're missing regarding your ferrings. Let me explain:
    The ferrings are semi-aerodynamic already just not enough to make the controlled catch you seek. Sure, on computer simulation or in movies it seems straight forward and simple enough, and probably looks way cool while being relatively low tech. Still though, I'm positive that I can help. I have seen and heard enough to identify what your existing design needs for actual and continual success.
    If you're interested in reusing ferrings as this video said then let me know. You can pay me handsomely for solving your problem if you want, but I'm flexible and have lived under the poverty level my whole life. I just ask for 30 minutes of your time, buy us lunch Elon. I'll point you in the right direction guaranteed. That aha moment will make you glad to have taken me up on my offer… let this channel connect us.
    Or email me [email protected]

  17. Ooooooooooooooo!!! I can’t stand this voice “talent.” He’s everywhere, in everything, and his voice is beyond annoying. Please ET get another voice to read the copy. BTW: Thanks for the good copy.

  18. 8:09 and I can’t take the guy’s voice any more. My ears are hurting, have sound on l-o-w. Every time the guy uses a hard consonant, an a or an e he digs his larynx into every one!.

  19. HaH, Elon tweeted screenshoot from Tim Dodd live stream…Everyday astronaut have huge fun i think 🙂

  20. HaH, Elon tweeted screenshoot from Tim Dodd live stream…Everyday astronaut have huge fun i think 🙂

  21. why always try to land the center core on a floating drone ship? would the center core have had more successful landings if it tried to land on solid ground like the boosters? ive heard that the landing on the drone ship idea makes it easier and cheaper to recover the center core if it misses and lands in the water but in this video it just misses the drone ship but still explodes making any part of the stage unusable

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