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Yeah, I guess they got lucky.
Called it. Nope they didn't. Forgot about Murphy's law:

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After sticking the landing for the first time, SpaceX's center core booster is felled by an Atlantic swell.

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Called it. Nope they didn't. Forgot about Murphy's law:
So it fell? Now if someone ever asks like me out of curiosity or suspicion they could say well yes they do tumble sometimes.

I was expecting someone to retort, don't you know they check the weather and oceanic conditions on launch days that is why they can land rockets back on the ocean with no incidents don't you know.

I guess SpaceX did not do due diligence on that day and who would have thought it was a good idea to land on a rocking/floating floor so far away from view?

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I guess SpaceX did not do due diligence on that day and who would have thought it was a good idea to land on a rocking/floating floor so far away from view?
The other option is to have the launch go over land instead of the ocean, I doubt anyone living underneath the flight path would appreciate that very much. We've seen what happens when airplanes crash into neighborhoods, imagine what it would be like if it was Falcon Heavy crashing into your neighborhood.

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The other option is to have the launch go over land instead of the ocean, I doubt anyone living underneath the flight path would appreciate that very much. We've seen what happens when airplanes crash into neighborhoods, imagine what it would be like if it was Falcon Heavy crashing into your neighborhood.
Sure, pure genius as a cover too, thanks. They don't own swaths of land they can land back on with no one around. SpaceX must have learned from the space shuttle program. Safety first!

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I would say that most of what they know was learned from the space program. You are probably referring to the Columbia crash that landed in Texas but that happened when it was returning to Earth, not when it was leaving.

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There is almost a bit of humor in the 3rd booster falling off the barge.

They created a rocket, that successfully launch, and put a satellite into orbit....cool
However, ALL 3 booster rockets, were able to re-enter the atmosphere in a controlled manner, fall gracefully and even perfectly manage to LAND AGAIN...1 BEING ON A BARGE IN THE OCEAN......
The calculations and design behind that is absolutely INCREDIBLE.....
No one will doubt that


Yet the rocket was not tethered to the barge on its return and it fell off..... Would it not have been WAAYYY cheaper to have another vessel in proximity, to manually secure the rocket before its trip back to land than to have to build a new one? Or come up with some mechanism to be able to tether it to the ship.

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The barge usually grabs onto the core using what SpaceX calls the Octograbber, but it wasn’t used this time. It will be used for the next mission according to SpaceX.
They have 3 of these... were they just trying to get rid of one, for reasons? Also, it's too rational to tilt the rocket horizontally for safe storage.

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Yet the rocket was not tethered to the barge on its return and it fell off..... Would it not have been WAAYYY cheaper to have another vessel in proximity, to manually secure the rocket before its trip back to land than to have to build a new one? Or come up with some mechanism to be able to tether it to the ship.
There was another vessel "near" it, although near is still quite far away due to safety concerns, so I assume they didn't make it in time.

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They have 3 of these... were they just trying to get rid of one, for reasons? Also, it's too rational to tilt the rocket horizontally for safe storage.
The modified FH octograbber wasn't quite ready yet for the new Block 5 FH center core, apparently they can't just use the same system as the regular block 5 boosters.

I'm sure they very much would have liked to recover the center core, as they're more complex and more expensive than the regular block 5 boosters.
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Well the seas got too rough to send the crew to secure the rocket. Human safety comes first.
And why the octograbber robot wasn't modified for the Heavy in time, well it's just a risk-reward decision. Delay the mission (with possible financial penalties), or just launch, get paid, and have the human crew secure the landed stage just this once. And then the weather went bad.



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They have 3 of these... were they just trying to get rid of one, for reasons? Also, it's too rational to tilt the rocket horizontally for safe storage.
It's probably an insurance scam. It's not like anyone is going to check the bottom of the ocean to see if the center pod actually fell off.

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