Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

SpaceX Releases Fail Video Of All Of Its Rocket Explosions

SpaceX Releases Fail Video Of All Of Its Rocket Explosions

The reel is fittingly titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster". Watching things go boom is always a good way to waste two minutes, but it's also satisfying to see the progress SpaceX made from first attempting a "soft water" landing as a proof of concept to nailing the robo-barge landing with aplomb.

That's why it makes a lot of sense that SpaceX posted a blooper reel chronicling all of its mistakes along the way - highlighting instances of failed engine sensors, running out of hydraulic fluid, a collapsed landing leg, a radar glitch - to making aerospace history. SpaceX also launched three missions this year in expendable configuration - which of course means they didn't attempt to land them at all.

With tongue firmly in cheek, the video calls the catastrophic explosions as "rapid unscheduled disassembly events" and describes one, where the rocket falls over and explodes, as little more than a scratch.

The video ends with the first successful pad landing and first successful droneship landing so we don't finish with a bad taste in our mouths. That was SpaceX flight 20 of the Falcon 9 rocket version Orbcomm OG2 M2.

"Long road to reusability of Falcon 9 primary boost stage", Musk said in the tweet.

And the firm hasn't lost a first stage in an attempted landing since June 2016.

Fortunately, SpaceX's last 12 landing attempts, including recycled spacecraft, were successful.

For now, SpaceX's first-stage boosters- 15 stories tall - separate shortly after liftoff and fly back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or an ocean platform for a vertical touchdown.

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