Watch SpaceX's greatest explosions: Elon Musk shares 'blooper reel'

Posted September 15, 2017

Admit it: you might have rolled your eyes at Elon Musk when he first proposed landing reusable rocket boosters on autonomous seafaring barges to dramatically cut the cost of orbital travel. Knowing that everyone loves a good (harmless) explosion, he just released a full-on fail highlight reel of the early attempts, set to the Monty Python theme and accompanied by Arnold-like quips. SpaceX also launched three missions this year in expendable configuration - which of course means they didn't attempt to land them at all.

The video lists some of the reasons for the crashes, including an engine sensor failure, running out of liquid oxygen, running out of hydraulic fluid and a sticky throttle valve.

SpaceX's CEO and CTO Elon Musk also posted the compilation video to his Instagram account. It's just a scratch, ' regardless of the fact that it is in pieces.

But alas, the rocket finally makes a safe - and rapid - landing (in April 2016) on a sea pad at the end.

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The video wraps up with footage of successful landings, so there's a happy ending to look forward to. That was SpaceX flight 20 of the Falcon 9 rocket version Orbcomm OG2 M2.

In one of the clips in the SpaceX blooper video, Musk is shown inspecting the wreckage of a Falcon 9 with the caption "Rocket is fine?" A couple of weeks ago, the company revealed that it had successfully tested the first-stage booster for the Falcon Heavy.

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.

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