Elon Musk releases explosive video of SpaceX rocket fails

Elon Musk releases explosive video of SpaceX rocket fails

He took to Instagram to unveil a two-minute blooper clip entitled, "How not to land an orbital rocket booster". First stages, or boosters, are the most expensive part of the rocket.

As of January 2017, SpaceX landing rocket missions are no longer considered "experimental".

Another fiery blast is captioned: "Look, that's not an 'explosion, ' it's just a rapid unscheduled disassembly".

During the early days of SpaceX, when Elon Musk and Co were still learning how to land their rockets, they went through a lot of setbacks.

At its conclusion, the video showed the first successful droneship landing in April 2016.

The tweet was accompanied by a blooper reel of sorts showing SpaceX's bumpy road to perfecting primary stage reusability for the Falcon 9. Until the company's recovery efforts — unique among rocket makers launching spacecraft into orbit — these segments were discarded at sea.

"The course of true love never did run smooth", a caption reads. 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. Given the company's success rate at rocket landing, the video sent a shock of wave among the company's admirers.

These landings were to be attempted over water, while the first attempt to land on solid ground succeeded on December 21st, 2015.

SpaceX has now landed 16 first-stage boosters - seven on land and nine on a floating drone ship in the ocean.