Elon Musk releases blooper reel of failed SpaceX rocket landings and huge explosions
Titled ‘how NOT to land an orbital rocket booster’, the video is described as showing “the sordid history of how the SpaceX Falcon 9, the first fully reusable, orbit-class booster rocket”.world Updated: Sep 15, 2017 16:10 IST
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has released video of bloopers that show his company’s rockets exploding over land and sea.
Titled ‘how NOT to land an orbital rocket booster’, the video is described as showing “the sordid history of how the SpaceX Falcon 9, the first fully reusable, orbit-class booster rocket”.
The first successful rocket landing by SpaceX was in December 2015. The video, however, shows unsuccessful landings from as recently as 2016.
Since December 2015, SpaceX has landed 16 rockets on either land or moving platforms at sea.
The company spent at least $1 billion developing the technology to land and refly its rockets and aims to recoup its investment in the next year or so, Musk had said.
The boosters are expected to be able to fly 10 times with no refurbishment and about 100 times with moderate reconditioning, though the one launched Thursday will be donated to the Cape Canaveral Spaceport for display, he added.
SpaceX also is working on a passenger spaceship, with two unidentified tourists signed up for a future trip around the moon. The company’s long-term goal under Musk is to establish a colony on Mars and ferry people and cargo back and forth between the planets.
With inputs from Reuters
First Published: Sep 15, 2017 16:10 IST