SpaceX Launch Failures, Rockets Exploding

by Ben Pena September 15, 2017, 0:13
SpaceX Launch Failures, Rockets Exploding

Here's how he captioned it: "The sordid history of how the @SpaceX Falcon 9, the first fully reusable, orbit-class booster rocket, eventually managed to land in one piece and stay that way. maybe Falcon realized it still loved us or finally read the instructions".

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk shared a video Thursday featuring numerous failed attempts to land the Falcon 9 rocket.

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.

In one video shot, Musk looks over a rocket's charred remains with the caption: "It's just a scratch".

Musk's move is akin to a story about a legendary Wall Street executive who had a single piece of paper framed on the wall behind his imposing desk.

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By landing the first stage, and using it over again, SpaceX figures to lower the cost of spaceflight.

Every type of failure you can imagine (and plenty that you can't) is on display here.

This SpaceX blooper video is a good example of what Musk meant back then. Instead, it's created a fantastic video supercut of all of its most epic crashes, explosions, and shortcomings.

There is, for example, a rocket booster landing attempt from August 2014 which failed due to a malfunctioning engine sensor. In November, the company plans to launch its biggest usable rocket system, the Falcon Heavy, and then follow it up with carrying NASA astronauts in 2019.

SpaceX made its first successful drone ship landing in April 2016.


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