SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Loses Center Core After 'Most Difficult Launch Ever'
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Elon Musk called it SpaceX’s “most difficult launch ever,” but the trouble arose during landing, as the center core of the Falcon Heavy rocket crashed into a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean.The STP-2 mission carried two dozen satellites into orbit for NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a Department of Defense test program, and a number of universities. The rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:30 am, its first night flight.Two of the Falcon Heavy’s side boosters successfully touched down at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX reported.Takeoff, and the boosters’ landing, can be seen in this footage. Credit: Respective Collective via Storyful

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    Letsfixit
    The headline should read as - SpaceX completes mission carrying 24 satellites to different orbits.
    Later in the article mention that the third stage was lost.
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    Ziv
    So the launch was nominal, the 2 outer boosters landed nominally, and they lost the center core booster. The primary mission was accomplished and the recovery was 2 for 3. Pretty good news. SpaceX is crushing the competition!
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    JosephA
    SpaceX lands two side-booster after launching 24 satellites.
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    Richard
    I think it is important to remember that this is the first time in history that we have every had re-usability like this before, so every one of these boosters that lands is a success. Soon it will be 3 for 3 every time.
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    JoeB
    "SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Loses Center Core After 'Most Difficult Launch Ever'"...yeah, well, never mind that SpaceX successfully landed two boosters and launched 24 satellites. The lost center core is all that matters.
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    Chris
    What SpaceX has done in rocketry in the last decade is absolutely incredible.
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    JDAM
    2 out of 3 aint bad.
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    William
    Space X successfully launches 24 satellites and recovers two of three boosters. There I fixed it for you.
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    jfjake
    I'm sick of the negative spin writers are puting on this. The center core returning intact was a long shot and they announced that it was. This was a heavy launch that had to go into a deep orbit, using so much fuel that a return for the center core was unlikely to be successful. They wanted to make the attempt, to obviously save money, but aborted in the last few seconds to keep the barge from being damaged. Writers, this one included, want to make the center core not landing, the main story instead of a launch that successfully launched several satellites in different orbits, brought back both side boosters and half of the nose cone, a first. A very successful mission.
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    Jim
    Would launching from California (or Texas) be better for purposes of recovering the boosters and main core? Seems like you would increase odds of recovery as you would have a land recovery zone.
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