17 Setiembre, 2017
Then he went and did the damn thing.
Elon Musk, the man who provided us the behemoth gigafactory at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, gave us an instructional video of sorts on Thursday: "How NOT to land an orbital rocket booster". I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. The reel is fittingly titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster".
The first successful rocket landing by SpaceX was in December 2015.
Musk, who is also the CEO of auto manufacturer Tesla, founded the California-based aeroanautical manufacturer in 2002 with the aim of making space travel more affordable and accessible.
While that's already an achievement worth celebrating, Musk has predicted that full reusability will be the key to making SpaceX rocket launches less costly. The rocket "eventually managed to land in one piece and stay that way..." Knowing that everyone loves a good (harmless) explosion, he just released a full-on fail highlight reel of the early attempts, set to the Monty Python theme and accompanied by Arnold-like quips. The SpaceX blooper video includes captions for each of the failed attempts. Another clip shows a fireball with the comment, "Well, technically it did land ... just not in one piece".
While the video highlights the unsuccessful attempts, that's not to say that SpaceX hasn't made any successful landings.
On August 14, 2017, SpaceX successfully resupplied the International Space Station not only with its Falcon 9 rocket but also with its Dragon capsule. The landing of flight 23 resulted in the first stable FULL landing at sea in April of 2016.