Watch an Elon Musk-Approved Supercut of SpaceX's Crashes and Landings

Friday, 15 April 2016 - 3:29PM
SpaceX
Friday, 15 April 2016 - 3:29PM
Watch an Elon Musk-Approved Supercut of SpaceX's Crashes and Landings
SpaceX has come a long way over the last four years, and an awesome new video from Kinematic tracks the development of the Falcon 9 rocket and the journey to that historic barge landing:


The video starts all the way back at the little Grasshopper, the predecessor to the Falcon 9, and continues through years of successes and setbacks, increasingly regular missions to the ISS that tested new ways of landing on Mars, and finally the attempts to create a re-usable rocket. There were several spectacular failures, of course, as there always are:

Falcon 9

But finally, on April 8, the private space company finally landed their Falcon 9 rocket on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You without crashing it. They had stuck the landing on the ground before, but had never been able to land their rocket in the water without an explosion or a narrow miss:

Falcon 9

Re-usable rockets could revolutionize space travel as we know it, making it much cheaper and more practical to send re-supply missions to the ISS and general cutting the price tag on space exploration to a fraction of the current cost. But it also looks really cool. There's also that.
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