Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

The many crashes of SpaceX were just captured in a single video edited by none other than Elon Musk. Then he went and did the damn thing.

There's an old quote about failure often attributed to Thomas Edison, and while he may not have actually said it, it rings true here: I have not failed. The video, which is perfectly titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster", does a great job of explaining each failure, with a bit of humor along the way.

In March of 2013, SpaceX first announced that they'd be equipping Falcon 9 first stages to land after takeoff. 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. SpaceX also launched three missions this year in expendable configuration - which of course means they didn't attempt to land them at all.

The fact that the company can now release the video - revealing several clips of new footage - shows just how far the company has come.

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Here's what one of those successful landings looked like.

For now, SpaceX's first-stage boosters- 15 stories tall - separate shortly after liftoff and fly back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or an ocean platform for a vertical touchdown. In that same time, SpaceX has orchestrated 16 successful Falcon 9 first stage landings. The landing of flight 23 resulted in the first stable FULL landing at sea in April of 2016.

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