Then he went and did the damn thing.
SpaceX is now the only space company to build an arsenal of reusable first stage orbital rockets. The reel is fittingly titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster".
The previously unreleased footage provides insight into each of the failed attempts - which include engine sensor failure, running out of liquid oxygen, running out of hydraulic fluid and damaged landing legs. The SpaceX blooper video includes captions for each of the failed attempts.
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With tongue firmly in cheek, the video calls the catastrophic explosions as "rapid unscheduled disassembly events" and describes one, where the rocket falls over and explodes, as little more than a scratch. He shared the video earlier today with the message "Long road to reusabity of Falcon 9 primary boost stage..." 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".
A SpaceX unmanned Falcon rocket launches from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, Sept. 7, 2017. Since the first successful landing of one of these craft - through the August 14, 2017 launch, the company has successfully completed all landings where attempted (100% success rate). The rocket fail greatest hits video shows humility and instructs those who think everything Musk touches turns immediately to gold. The landing of flight 23 resulted in the first stable FULL landing at sea in April of 2016.
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.