SpaceX blew up its own booster rocket after it splashed down in the ocean
On 31 January, the SpaceX Falcon 9, once again used, sent GovSat-1 from Luxembourg to orbit, and no older model of the amplifier was scheduled to be landed and retrieved. Since the rocket was to be scrapped anyway, the company decided to use it to test the new technique of a more economical landing. Instead of sending one of its amphibious ships, SpaceX simply "landed" on the jump on the surface of the water
SpaceX apparently did not expect the amplifier to remain intact, but it did. "Strangely, it survived," Musk wrote on Twitter. "We will try to tow him back to the shore."
This rocket was designed to test a very high landing landing in water, so it did not hurt the drone, but it survived surprisingly. We will try to tow him ashore. pic.twitter.com/hipmgdnq16
& mdash; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 31, 2018
Towing to shore is not as simple as throwing a rope around the tail fin. AmericaSpace called the floating amplifier a potential "ticking time bomb", especially if the circuit on the board was damaged when breaking up and did not allow for safe venting of high pressure areas.
Several anonymous sources confirmed on the website that the US air force carried out air strikes to destroy the floating reinforcement element. Other parties raised this story and fled with it, despite the lack of official confirmation from SpaceX or the US armed forces.
After repeated requests for comment, SpaceX finally confirmed that, although initially the Air Force was found to have a dangerous booster by being hit, the ultimately commercial demolition enterprise was commissioned to destroy it.
"While the first Falcon 9 stage for the GovSat-1 mission was unreachable, it initially survived splashes in the Atlantic Ocean," SpaceX said in a statement. "But the scene broke up before we could end the unplanned effort to regain power." The reports of the Air Force's involvement in the rescue operations at SpaceX are categorically false. "
It is not clear if SpaceX planned for this eventuality, and there was no further information about how the amplifier was destroyed or what the company was rented to break it down and sink it.
SpaceX will carry out another release for the same satellite company this year, and the SES-12 satellite is planning a start in Falcon 9 in April.