Watch this epic SpaceX rocket booster blooper reel go boom

Marcus Newton
September 15, 2017

Elon Musk has shared a truly glorious piece of internet content in the form of a "blooper reel" of all the failed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket landings. Then he went and did the damn thing. 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.

For two years now, SpaceX has been wowing us with the aerospace marvel that is landing the first stage booster of an orbital class rocket.

Musk tweeted Thursday that when the Falcon rocket's upper stage and the cargo enclosure can also be retrieved and reused, launch costs will drop by a factor of more than 100. As Vector Space Systems founder and CEO Jim Cantrell explained in a Quora post back in July, "Reusability is a great brand image generator, but, more importantly, it enables SpaceX to double their flight rate and make more money, all the while preparing for Mars landings with the reusability technology".

The video shows a range of issues, including exploding rockets, engine sensor failures and a sticky throttle valve.

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At one point, as the rocket crashes down onto its pad, the video captions it as follows: "Well, technically it did land.just not in one piece".

"The course of true love never did run smooth", another incident is labeled.

As of January 2017, SpaceX landing rocket missions are no longer considered "experimental".

And the firm hasn't lost a first stage in an attempted landing since June 2016. In that same time, SpaceX has orchestrated 16 successful Falcon 9 first stage landings.

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