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Musk Shares SpaceX Blooper Video On How Not To Land Rockets

15 September 2017, 12:11 | Cedric Leonard

Watch SpaceX blow up a lot of rockets while trying to land them

Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

But before Elon Musk's space startup learned to stick the landing, they had a handful of epic fails, complete with impressive explosions as the remaining fuel in the Falcon 9 booster ignites on impact. Then he went and did the damn thing. After years of working to ideal the technology, SpaceX was finally able to reuse their Falcon 9 orbital rocket booster during a March 2017 launch.

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.

In March of 2013, SpaceX first announced that they'd be equipping Falcon 9 first stages to land after takeoff.

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


The fact that the company can now release the video - revealing several clips of new footage - shows just how far the company has come.

A SpaceX unmanned Falcon rocket launches from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, Sept. 7, 2017. He shared the video earlier today with the message "Long road to reusabity of Falcon 9 primary boost stage..."

In a June 2016, he booster ran out of propellant resulting in another failed attempt.

Musk teased the video's arrival last week: 'Putting together SpaceX rocket landing blooper reel. While these explosions destroyed the first stage rocket - and since rocket landings were always considered a secondary mission - the overall missions these rockets flew were a success. A couple of weeks ago, the company revealed that it had successfully tested the first-stage booster for the Falcon Heavy.



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