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SpaceX releases blooper reel of Falcon 9 "landings"

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The video shows the failures that led to the first Falcon 9 booster landing
The video shows the failures that led to the first Falcon 9 booster landing
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Some of the boosters never even made it to the ground
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Some of the boosters never even made it to the ground
It's just a scratch
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It's just a scratch
The video shows the failures that led to the first Falcon 9 booster landing
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The video shows the failures that led to the first Falcon 9 booster landing
The aftermath of a less than perfect landing
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The aftermath of a less than perfect landing

SpaceX showed some tongue in cheek humility today as it released a "blooper" video of the series of crashes and explosions leading up to the first successful landing of the Falcon 9 first stage booster. The two-minute compilation, titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster," shows the many ways that things can go wrong during a landing, and that – like true love – the course of rocketry never did run smooth.

Successful landings of SpaceX's flagship Falcon 9 launch vehicle have become so routine that they hardly warrant a footnote these days, but it wasn't so long ago that almost every attempt ended in a spectacular fireball. To commemorate those early days, SpaceX has put together a video chronicling the string of failures that every pioneering engineer must face.

The video is accompanied by a string of captions commenting on the action involving crashes, mid-air explosions, rocket topplings, and general destruction. Some are explanations of what went wrong, like "Engine sensor fail," "Ran out of hydraulic fluid," "Ran out of propellant," and "Sticky throttle valve." Others are bit more editorial, with bon mots like "It's just a scratch," "Well, technically it did land … Just not in one piece," and "Not an explosion. It's a rapid unscheduled disassembly."

Some of the boosters never even made it to the ground
Some of the boosters never even made it to the ground

In a Twitter comment accompanying the release, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said, "Long road to reusabity (sic) of Falcon 9 primary boost stage … When upper stage & fairing also reusable, costs will drop by a factor >100."

To check out the fireworks, watch the video below.

Source: SpaceX

How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster

4 comments
Bob Flint
Without failures there are no advances, good on everyone for continuing and achieving success...& having a sense of humor...
Habib Torabi
The last stage of landing has an innovative stable propulsion concept. But I could not find any contact address for sending my concept into the some details. as an innovator, I want to sacrifice this concept in place of working in SpaceX. This would be only a beginning for developing other innovative conceptual ideations such as Thrust Vectoring for commercial airplanes with aiming to reducing the fuel consumption. However, there is much more than this for developing in SpaceX manufacturing company. I respect to your decision if there is a way to respect the game changer innovations in the border of future! habitor@hotmail.com
ADVENTUREMUFFINffin
Fail to Success!
thisispete
I hope they clean up after themselves.