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Terry Joseph
February 14, 2018

Last week's launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy was incredible for so many reasons, not least of which was Elon Musk's extremely low expectations for the craft's debut.

The Falcon Heavy is composed of three Falcon 9 boosters. The one blemish on the mission was that the center booster, which was to set down on a floating platform in the Atlantic, slammed into the water instead. The SpaceX founder and CEO took to the social networking site to answer questions and discuss his latest feat, the launch of the Falcon Heavy, and ended up promising to eat his hat. Musk tweeted, "Not enough ignition fluid to light the outer two engines after several three engine relights", Musk wrote.

The fix, he said, was "pretty obvious". In future launches, the center core just needs more ignition fluid to ensure it can relight its engines before landing.

The company's third ship, named A Shortfall of Gravitas, will join Of Course I Still Love You for East Coast booster landing operations, Musk said via Twitter in response to FLORIDA TODAY.

Its name? "A Shortfall of Gravitas".

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SpaceX's other drone ships are named after ships in books written by the same author. SpaceX has another drone ship with metal arms meant to catch the payload fairing, costing about $5 million, before they fall into the ocean and are lost to the depths.

"Whenever you see an asteroid belt in movies, like 'Star Wars, ' it looks like they're 10 feet apart". Musk says these boosters won't be flown again.

"It's like a giant catcher's mitt, in boat form", Musk told reporters after the Falcon Heavy launch. By reaching orbit on board the Falcon Heavy rocket, it has proven that SpaceX has the capability to send large payloads to space. The company's next launch is scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 17) from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Hispasat 30W-6, a commercial communications satellite, will be boosted to a geostationary transfer orbit.

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He said: "Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks".

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