Admit it: and you might have rolled your eyes at Elon Musk when he first proposed ...
Admit it: and you might have rolled your eyes at Elon Musk when he first proposed landing reusable rocket boosters on the autonomous seafaring barges to dramatically cut the cost of the orbital travel.
Then he went and did the damn thing. Last Thursday, SpaceX marked a twelfth consecutive successful landing attempt for a Falcon 9 rocket, and Elon Musk has decided to celebrate their progress with a most explosion-filled (and expensive) blooper reel you have likely ever seen.
There is the old quote about failure often attributed to Thomas Edison, while he may not have actually said it, it rings true here: I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Considering that a.) no one was injured in any of these incidents and b.) no customer payloads were destroyed, it is pretty easy to play the semantic game and argue that these fireballs weren’t failures at all.
Indeed, this video’s cheeky How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster and Monty Python theme music all indicate that to Elon Musk, accidentally blowing up hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the equipment into tiny little pieces was simply a cost of doing business.
Watching things go boom is always the good way to waste two minutes, but it is also satisfying to see the progress SpaceX made from first attempting the soft water landing as the proof of concept to nailing a robo-barge landing with aplomb.
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