SpaceX releases 'blooper reel' of failed rocket landings

SpaceX landing rocket failure

Since the hard beginnings shown in the video, though, SpaceX has found success - pulling off 16 booster landings.

It's uplifting, self-deprecating and just about the best way to spend a couple of minutes of your time.

SpaceX has now made landing rockets seem somewhat routine, but it wasn't long ago that the company's attempts to bring back the first-stage booster often ended in fire. The SpaceX blooper video includes captions for each of the failed attempts.

SpaceX's CEO and CTO Elon Musk also posted the compilation video to his Instagram account. "It's just a scratch", he said, after one booster was deliberately blown to pieces due to an engine sensor failure.

Now, since December 2015, the company has landed a total of 16 rockets, on either a landing platform at sea or its helicopter-like landing pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, turning what was once a jaw-dropping and unprecedented bit of aerial artistry into a somewhat ho-hum, to-be-expected exercise.

If you watch the reel, several self-deprecating jokes ("look, that's not an 'explosion, ' it's an unscheduled disassembly") accompany footage of smoking wrecks and explosions in the sky.

At its conclusion, the video showed the first successful droneship landing in April 2016.

Rocket reusability has now become SpaceX's specialty, at least for their Falcon 9's boost stage.

'You are my everything, ' the SpaceX video states. 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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