SpaceX's blooper reel is an expensive symphony of fiery explosions

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

That's why serial entrepreneur Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX) released a greatest hits video of his SpaceX rocket failures. Then he went and did the damn thing.

SpaceX has gotten so good at safely landing its Falcon 9 rocket boosters we now expect successful touchdowns from the company.

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.

The light-hearted video, titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster", also shared on the company's YouTube channel included a handful of explosions with explanations as to why the landings failed.


Like most movies, the SpaceX blooper video ends on a positive note, showing the first successful drone ship landing and first successful pad landing. It's just a scratch, ' regardless of the fact that it is in pieces. These landings were to be attempted over water, while the first attempt to land on solid ground succeeded on December 21st, 2015. Since then, the Falcon 9 has been flying at a breakneck pace (13 missions), and has landed its booster successfully in 10 consecutive attempts, including several with recycled boosters.

There is also a reference to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with a quote from the play overlaid on an explosion from March 2016, caused by the failure of the landing burn. But, like every innovation in history, SpaceX's first attempts weren't exactly an outstanding success.

Since its first successful landing in December 2015, SpaceX has only crashed three of the rockets that it meant to land.

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