Jueves, 23 Noviembre, 2017

Musk Shares SpaceX Blooper Video On How Not To Land Rockets

Elon_musk_nasa_tv Elon Musk talking at NASA
Ramiro Mantilla | 17 Setiembre, 2017, 09:17

The reel is fittingly titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster". On Thursday, the company's CEO, Elon Musk, posted a compilation video of Falcon 9 launch vehicle crashes.

If this whole rocket launching and getting humanity to Mars business doesn't work out, Elon Musk at least has a future in deadpan comedy. It doesn't, as the video shows. The destruction is shown in chronological order with captions explaining the many reasons they fail, from running out of hydraulic fluid to engine sensor failure.

Titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster", the clip is set to a piece of US military march music called "Liberty Bell" which was composed by John Philip Sousa in 1893 and made famous by Monty Python. Rockets blowing up against the background of a clear blue sky really does look very glorious. In space tech, as in other technology sectors, you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelette - but in SpaceX's case, those broken eggs just happen to result in spectacular explosions.

The reel includes explosions while rockets were landing at the sea platform and even into the ocean. He shared the video earlier today with the message "Long road to reusabity of Falcon 9 primary boost stage..."

In the video you'll see some brilliant footage of rockets exploding mid-air, some landing smoothly and then toppling on a weak landing pad, with hilarious quips like "The course of true love never did run smooth".

Musk has promised to get that sorted out before the end of this year.