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Elon Musk's SpaceX Blooper Reel: 'It's Just a Scratch'

17 Setiembre 2017

Then he went and did the damn thing.

SpaceX has published a hilarious "blooper reel" video that collates all of the firm's failed rocket booster landings. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

The video is the result of SpaceX's quest for reusable rocket boosters - an endeavour which has had some explosive results.

The first successful rocket landing by SpaceX was in December 2015.

While that's already an achievement worth celebrating, Musk has predicted that full reusability will be the key to making SpaceX rocket launches less costly. But as SpaceX's video shows, it was a hard and painful path. SpaceX rocket failures have happened thanks to faulty sensors, running out of fuel or oxygen too early, bad valves, no hydraulic fluid, and even the collapse of one of its landing legs.

Set to Liberty Bell, the tune used as the Monty Python theme song, the self-deprecating two-minute video shows rockets exploding at sea and over land.

Those attempts are now available to recap in full in one convenient fail video, created by SpaceX, which provides an unbelievable look at the price of progress when it comes to rocket science.

"The course of true love never did run smooth", one caption reads.

Musk signalled he would be releasing the footage on August 31.

Rocket reusability has now become SpaceX's specialty, at least for their Falcon 9's boost stage. In a follow-up tweet, Musk noted that this is just the start, and going ahead, the company plans to lower its costs by "a factor 100".

And the firm hasn't lost a first stage in an attempted landing since June 2016.

Elon Musk's SpaceX Blooper Reel: 'It's Just a Scratch'