SpaceX and Elon Musk make great fun of Falcon 9 failed landings


SpaceX has now managed to land a total of 16 Falcon 9 first stage orbital boosters, and it's been a while since it lost one in the attempt. And CEO Elon Musk shared previously unseen footage late Wednesday night that is a compilation of explosive videos of the rocket landings gone wrong.

The company aims to decrease launch costs by using reusable rocket parts.

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

In this December 14, 2016 file photo, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk listens as Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology industry leaders.

The video is accompanied by a string of captions commenting on the action involving crashes, mid-air explosions, rocket topplings, and general destruction. But as SpaceX's video shows, it was a hard and painful path.

Altogether, the video shows SpaceX's Falcon 9 failing to land more than 10 times, starting with an ill-fated launch in September 2013.

Causes of the spectacular fails include running out of hydraulic fluid, a landing leg collapsing and a sticky throttle valve. Funnily enough, he used John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell" as the soundtrack, just like Monty Python used for its theme song.

"You are my everything", The SpaceX video states. The ends with a smooth landing of the Falcon 9 and in a tweet Musk recalls the "long road to re-usability of Falcon 9 primary boost stage".

This SpaceX blooper video is a good example of what Musk meant back then.