rocket landing explosion video spacex

These days SpaceX, the aerospace company owned by tech mogul Elon Musk, makes landing rockets look easy.

But it wasn’t always that way.

To underscore that point in a comical yet dramatic way, Musk has released a supercut of explosive SpaceX rocket tests.

“Long road to reusabity of Falcon 9 primary boost stage…When upper stage & fairing also reusable, costs will drop by a factor >100,” Musk said on Twitter early Thursday morning, referring to the company’s reusable, 229-foot-tall orbital rocket system.

His message also included a one-minute clip of a longer video posted to YouTube (which we’ve embedded below).

Since the company’s founding in 2002, engineers have performed dozens of tests — yet many of the attempts to launch and land these towering, fuel-filled machines ended in fiery explosions.

Today SpaceX has more or less perfected launching Falcon 9 rockets, dropping off customer payloads into orbit, and recovering the booster: the most expensive part of the rocket. But as Musk noted, the company is working on recovering as much fo the multi-million-dollar system as possible.

Over time, this could earn SpaceX billions and help open up a new era of spaceflight.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech

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