There’s a strange gratification in seeing billions of dollars and dreams flame up in unrelenting destruction. Sprinkle in the theme music to Monty Python and it’s no wonder Elon Musk’s blooper reel of SpaceX’s failed orbital rocket boosters is trending on the internets.
Elon Musk himself posted the video titled ‘How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster.’ SpaceX has now managed to land a total of 16 Falcon 9 first stage orbital boosters and hasn’t crashed one in quite some time, so Musk may not have had such a good sense of humor about it if the rockets had kept disintegrating in mid flight.
Musk captioned the video:
“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.”
He lists the reasons for failure, and they consist of running out of liquid oxygen, a sticky throttle valve, engine sensor failure, and running out of hydraulic fluid.
Live look at my life RN…
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[h/t The Verge]