SpaceX marks Falcon 9 booster landing failures in fiery blooper reel

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SpaceX is famous for its cutting edge accomplishments, but they have come with a price! The company’s founder Elon Musk’s posted a blooper reel, and it’s epic!
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SpaceX, the rocketry company known for successfully landing its boosters, this week released a reel of face-planting, cartwheeling, exploding Falcon 9 first stages to embrace its failures along the way to rocket reusability.

Set to a score of John Philip Sousa’s “The Liberty Bell,” the compilation titled “How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster” scored 1.7 million views on YouTube as of this writing and was already fourth on the website’s list of trending videos.

From sensor failures to hydraulics issues, the compilation includes about a dozen separate events, comedically linked to overlay text such as, “Well, technically it did land … just not in one piece,” and “It’s just a rapid unscheduled disassembly.”

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Some of the fiery highlights:

  • September 2013: Hard impact on ocean
  • August 2014: Engine sensor failed
  • September 2014: Ran out of liquid oxygen
  • January 2015: Ran out of hydraulic fluid
  • April 2015: Sticky throttle valve

Despite the failures, SpaceX successfully landed its first booster in December 2015 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Landing Zone 1. The Hawthorne, California-based company quickly followed that up with its first successful drone ship landing in April 2016.

CEO Elon Musk believes rocket reusability is the key to lowering costs and increasing access to space, as well as achieving his long-term goal of Mars colonization.

Contact Emre Kelly at aekelly@floridatoday.com or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook at @EmreKelly.

 

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