Elon Musk will name his next drone ship 'A Shortfall of Gravitas'

Elon Musk will name his next drone ship 'A Shortfall of Gravitas'

Elon Musk will name his next drone ship 'A Shortfall of Gravitas'

And with the return of two of the Falcon Heavy's reusable boosters, the company is paving the way for cheap and reliable space travel.

Musk later revealed the third booster, brand new, slammed into the Atlantic at 300 miles per hour and missed the floating landing platform, scattering shrapnel all over the deck and knocking out two engines. The meltdown was so severe that when the United States wants to send people and material to the International Space Station, we have to ask the Russians to use their rockets to get them there.

A new SpaceX drone ship now under construction will help the company handle increased launch operations and likely call the Space Coast home, CEO Elon Musk said Monday.

That core booster, which was expected to land offshore on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", crashed when two of three engines did not fire during a final landing burn, Musk told reporters after the launch.

The name of the new drone ship is A Shortfall of Gravitas and will join the now operational Of Course I Still Love You drone ship for East Coast booster landing operations. All three drones are named after spacecraft featured in Scottish author Iain M. Banks' Culture novels, notes the report.

The center core booster of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy didn't land on a floating sea platform as intended during last week's first test flight because it ran out of ignition fluid, company Chief Executive Elon Musk said Monday. "Fix is pretty obvious".

This saving is due to the fact that the boosters from the SpaceX rocket can be recovered and reused.

The two side boosters of SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket approach their landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida after a successful test launch on February 6, 2018.

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"[It] was enough to take out two thrusters [on the drone ship] and shower the deck with shrapnel", Musk revealed. An added bonus for Musk: The Falcon Heavy launch on the Space Coast also allows the area to grab a bigger chunk of the $300 billion commercial space industry.

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