SpaceX releases 'blooper reel' of failed rocket landings

Watch the many explosions that led to SpaceX's successful rocket landings

Since the beginning, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has stressed the importance of making the company's rockets reusable.

The video kicks off with John Sousa's "The Liberty Bell", better known as the theme to the classic comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus".

SpaceX has now made landing rockets seem somewhat routine, but it wasn't long ago that the company's attempts to bring back the first-stage booster often ended in fire.

The video shows a range of issues, including exploding rockets, engine sensor failures and a sticky throttle valve. It's just a scratch, ' regardless of the fact that it is in pieces.

But the caption jokes: 'Well, technically, it did land...just not in one piece'. Then, if landing on land, it would flip around then light its engines again, to perform a "boost-back burn" sending the rocket back to Cape Canaveral, guided by Global Positioning System.

SpaceX has perfected the process involving the launch of Falcon 9 rockets, putting satellites in orbit, and recovering the booster, the most important and expensive part.

"The course of true love never did run smooth", another incident is labeled. In that same time, SpaceX has orchestrated 16 successful Falcon 9 first stage landings. But as SpaceX's video shows, it was a hard and painful path. Musk has promised to get that sorted out before the end of this year.

And the firm hasn't lost a first stage in an attempted landing since June 2016. While these explosions destroyed the first stage rocket - and since rocket landings were always considered a secondary mission - the overall missions these rockets flew were a success.

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