During last week’s Arabsat 6A mission, all three Falcon Heavy boosters successfully landed. The center core has undergone a hot and challenging return through the atmosphere, yet it still landed safely on the droneship. Unfortunately, before the booster could be secured to the deck, rough sea caused it to tip over. Why wasn’t OctaGrabber used?
A unique robot, dubbed “OctaGrabber”, is used by SpaceX to stabilize the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets after landing on the Autonomous Spaceport Droneship to prevent them from sliding around the deck in choppy seas. This is an overview of all the imporant information about the robot.