Musk Shares SpaceX Blooper Video On How Not To Land Rockets

Musk Shares SpaceX Blooper Video On How Not To Land Rockets

Musk Shares SpaceX Blooper Video On How Not To Land Rockets

During the early days of SpaceX's rocket landing attempts failure was definitely an option, so instead getting depressed, Elon Musk embraced it. Each failure, though, resulted in new data for the company's engineers to study, making tweaks to the rocket's software and the complex algorithms used to safely land the 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.

Now, since December 2015, the company has landed a total of 16 rockets, on either a landing platform at sea or its helicopter-like landing pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, turning what was once a jaw-dropping and unprecedented bit of aerial artistry into a somewhat ho-hum, to-be-expected exercise. "It's just a scratch", he said, after one booster was deliberately blown to pieces due to an engine sensor failure.

But the caption jokes: 'Well, technically, it did land...just not in one piece'.

The booster gets tantalising close to an upright landing, but then tips over and explodes.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, Musk released a SpaceX blooper video featuring explosions and fire caused by their failed orbital rocket booster.

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Here's what one of those successful landings looked like.

SpaceX successfully launched its latest Falcon 9 rocket in mid-August.

'The course of true love never did run smooth, ' a video caption reads.

'You are my everything, ' the SpaceX video states.

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

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