SpaceX Rocket Explodes After Failed Landing On Barge

January 19, 2016

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This is a short video of SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 rocket landing. This time they tried landing the rocket on a barge, and it falls over and blows up (previously: successfully landing a Falcon 9 on dry land after satellite deployment). Per Elon Musk, who's a good sport about it all because how can you not be a good sport when you're worth $12.4-billion? I would be the best sport, even if nobody ever passed me the ball and all my teammates made fun of my penis in the locker room.

Definitely harder to land on a ship. Similar to an aircraft carrier vs land: much smaller target area, that's also translating & rotating.


However, that was not what prevented it being good. Touchdown speed was ok, but a leg lockout didn't latch, so it tipped over after landing.

Well, at least the pieces were bigger this time! Won't be last RUD [Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly, aka explosion], but am optimistic about upcoming ship landing.

Ahhhhhhh, a leg lockout didn't latch. That'll do it. Despite the crash and burn, Elon still estimates around a 70% success rate for the remainder of Falcon 9 landings in 2016, and hopefully up to 90% by 2017. I estimate my rocket will blow up on the launch pad before it ever takes off because I forgot to properly insulate the thermocouplers. That and my rocket was made entirely out of fireworks and and old Volkswagen.

Keep going for Elon's Instagram video as well as a Youtube version if that doesn't work.

A video posted by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on

Thanks to everyone who sent this, about half of whom expressed an interest in going to space, the other half of whom are terrified of dying in the eternal blackness. I am on the fence.

  • Kureman ilovepeanut

    So much like most of my KSP landings...

  • BMan56
  • Ed

    So close . . . not yet ready for human testing.

  • Tyguy

    Get some classic sci fi movie landing gear on that baby

  • Gene Kaufman

    Are you sure Michael Bay didn't just make this up?mci

  • I came.

  • dougfunnay

    did you saw and conquer?

    (anyway i cant fap to this
    the broken leg is just really unattractive)

  • I did.
    (You can't? But *BOOOOOOOOM!*)

  • dougfunnay

    eh guess im more of an implosion guy
    not that i cant appreciate a good explosion when i see one
    that was just kinda meh imho
    6.5/10

    all about the attitude and explosions just dont have it

  • dougfunnay

    shit happens
    they learned some things not to do
    and the next one will be better

  • Woulda been cool to see a successful landing, but I still love me some Explosion Pr0n! :-)

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