Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

This blooper reel from SpaceX's rocket tests is explosively entertaining

This blooper reel from SpaceX's rocket tests is explosively entertaining

During the early days of SpaceX's rocket landing attempts failure was definitely an option, so instead getting depressed, Elon Musk embraced it. In a tweet (below), Elon Musk recalls the "long road to re-usability of Falcon 9 primary boost stage", and adds that "when upper stage & fairing also reusable, costs will drop by a factor 100".

There's an old quote about failure often attributed to Thomas Edison, and while he may not have actually said it, it rings true here: I have not failed.

The video lists some of the reasons for the crashes, including an engine sensor failure, running out of liquid oxygen, running out of hydraulic fluid and a sticky throttle valve.

Starting with an attempted ocean barge landing in September 2013, the SpaceX clip goes through a series of other explosive failures and the accompanying text provides a brief explanation for what went wrong in each of the instances.

If you watch the reel, several self-deprecating jokes ("look, that's not an 'explosion, ' it's an unscheduled disassembly") accompany footage of smoking wrecks and explosions in the sky.

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Another failed landing is captioned: "Well, technically, it did land... just not in one piece".

At its conclusion, the video showed the first successful droneship landing in April 2016. That was SpaceX flight 20 of the Falcon 9 rocket version Orbcomm OG2 M2. Previous attempts resulted in on-impact destruction of the craft's booster.

Musk teased the video's arrival last week: 'Putting together SpaceX rocket landing blooper reel.

Since its first successful landing in December 2015, SpaceX has only crashed three of the rockets that it meant to land.

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