Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster spotted 'zooming' in space

Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster spotted 'zooming' in space

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.

At least two more Falcon Heavy missions are on the docket for this year, along with the many Falcon 9 missions for satellite customers and NASA, which uses SpaceX's Dragon cargo ships to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. 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. Musk said Monday that there wasn't enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines of the booster "after several three engine relights". Following the launch, two of the spacecraft's three rockets landed simultaneously at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base's landing Zone 1, but the main core was destroyed as it attempted to land on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You".

Of Course I Still Love You, already based in the East Coast facility, was recently damaged during the first Falcon Heavy Mission, so the addition of the new SpaceX drone ship should help fill the gap. In fact, he made an awesome video of SpaceX's failed Falcon 9 booster landings for us to watch in the past. "Just Read the Instructions" is in the Pacific for launches from Vandenberg, and "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic for launches from Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX's rockets tend to get all the attention, especially after last week's history-making Falcon Heavy launch.

The fix, he said, was "pretty obvious". Musk's Falcon Heavy did break a lot of records though when it completed its test flight on February 6.

The need for a third drone ship has arisen because of the increasing number of launches SpaceX is managing for NASA and other contractors. "Its objective: "[To] support high flight rates for Falcon 9 and dual ocean landings for Falcon Heavy boosters".

SpaceX is confident it can keep recovering boosters from Falcon Heavy launches. NASA's version is expected to cost more than 10 times as much.

It was his first time seeing a rocket shoot into space, but definitely not his last.

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