Elon Musk Just Shared This Explosive SpaceX Blooper Reel And It's Incredible
"Look, that's not an 'explosion,' it's just a rapid unscheduled disassembly."
Elon Musk just released the blooper reel to end all blooper reels. SpaceX debuted a clip on YouTube of the many attempts at landing their renowned Orbital Rocket Booster.
Musk captioned the video on his Instagram with this nugget, “The sordid history of how the @SpaceX Falcon 9, the first fully reusable, orbit-class booster rocket, eventually managed to land in one piece and stay that way. Maybe Falcon realized it still loved us or finally read the instructions...”
How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster
Set to Sousa’s Liberty Bell, or Monty Python theme song, the video shows the many rockets that didn’t make the final cut over the course of Falcon 9’s development. Now, SpaceX lands its Falcon 9’s successfully for more than a year, but it didn’t begin that way – we witness the many reasons for each failure including; running out of hydraulic fluid, running out of liquid oxygen, a sticky throttle valve, and engine sensor failure. If you like stunning explosions, then this is the video for you.
Falcon 9 Booster
The first-stage reusable rocket booster for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle comes with more than a few achievements. It’s the first of its kind to land vertically on a ship at sea and the first orbital class first stage core to be reflown, ever. It was first successfully launched on April 8, 2016, for Falcon 9 flight 23 carrying with it a Dragon Spacecraft headed to the ISS. It landed perfectly and was relaunched on March 30th, 2017 for flight 32; it was once again recovered successfully. It’s the little booster that could change space flight for good.