Saturday 16 December 2017

This blooper reel from SpaceX’s rocket tests is explosively entertaining

Literally explosive…

A SpaceX launch earlier this month
A SpaceX launch earlier this month

By Edd Dracott

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has released footage of some of their less fortunate tests from the past few years and it makes for a pretty epic blooper reel.

The video is the result of SpaceX’s quest for reusable rocket boosters – an endeavour which has had some explosive results.

You can’t knock them for not having a sense of humour.

Musk’s company has been trying to reduce the cost of space travel by making boosters reusable, starting with their Falcon 9 primary boosters.

Since the difficult beginnings shown in the video, though, SpaceX has found success – pulling off 16 booster landings.

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

Who knew a video without explosions could be even more satisfying than one with them?

Knowing they have started to crack the problem then, it’s understandable Musk approached the “blooper reel” cheerfully.

Thus far, only the primary boost stage rockets have successfully been reused but, according to Musk, when the upper stage and fairing follow, costs will drop by a factor of more than 100.

Well put.

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