SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

Elon Musk

By landing the first stage, and using it over again, SpaceX figures to lower the cost of spaceflight.

The many crashes of SpaceX were just captured in a single video edited by none other than Elon Musk. 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. It's set to John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell" march, best known as the theme for "Monty Python's Flying Circus".

SpaceX's CEO and CTO Elon Musk also posted the compilation video to his Instagram account.

"Rocket is fine? It's just a scratch". After another huge fiery explosion, this one on the company's barge, the caption reads: "Well, technically, it did land. just not in one piece".

And a sticky throttle valve thwarted a rocket-landing attempt in April 2015. Then, if landing on land, it would flip around then light its engines again, to perform a "boost-back burn" sending the rocket back to Cape Canaveral, guided by Global Positioning System.

Here's what one of those successful landings looked like.

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

"The course of true love never did run smooth", another incident is labeled.

In May 2016, the booster can be seen jumping about on its drone ship due to a radar glitch that damaged the landing legs. Previous attempts resulted in on-impact destruction of the craft's booster. But, like every innovation in history, SpaceX's first attempts weren't exactly an outstanding success.

'You are my everything, ' the SpaceX video states. "We messed up a lot before it finally worked, but there's some epic explosion footage ..."

SpaceX has been working on making their fairings - the cones that protect a rocket's payload - reusable, and that begins by successfully landing and recovering the used cones.

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