SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

15 September, 2017, 00:11 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • A SpaceX Grasshopper rocket explodes in mid-air in August 2014 after an engine sensor failure.       SpaceX  YouTube

The video kicks off with John Sousa's "The Liberty Bell", better known as the theme to the classic comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus".

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.

Starting with an attempted ocean barge landing in September 2013, the SpaceX clip goes through a series of other explosive failures and the accompanying text provides a brief explanation for what went wrong in each of the instances.

Not one to rest on his laurels, founder and CEO Elon Musk didn't even finish his celebratory tweet before announcing SpaceX's next big goal. It's just a scratch, ' regardless of the fact that it is in pieces.

On Thursday, Musk posted a compilation video of all those explosions - or as the video jokingly calls them "rapid unscheduled disassembly" - with new footage that had never been released.

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The first successful landing of a rocket's first stage with a payload that was launched into orbit was completed in December of 2015.

There is, for example, a rocket booster landing attempt from August 2014 which failed due to a malfunctioning engine sensor.

As for the second-stage, Musk said that SpaceX might attempt their first recovery during the scheduled Falcon Heavy demo flight this November.

'You are my everything, ' the SpaceX video states. The rocket fail greatest hits video shows humility and instructs those who think everything Musk touches turns immediately to gold. While these explosions destroyed the first stage rocket - and since rocket landings were always considered a secondary mission - the overall missions these rockets flew were a success.

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