Currently valued just north of $21 million, Elon Musk can afford to have a sense of humor.
The fact that Musk just personally posted an extended SpaceX fail video proves that's at least a bit true.
The video, called “How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster,” is set to John Philip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March” and shows about two minutes of captioned fiery failures.
To introduce the clip, Musk wrote: “The sordid history of how the SpaceX Falcon 9, the first fully reusable, orbit-class booster rocket, eventually managed to land in one piece and stay that way ... maybe Falcon realized it still loved us or finally read the instructions …”
While the video makes light of what Musk himself has called the Falcon 9’s “long road to reusability,” it also draws attention to the notion that, now that SpaceX finally has figured out its reusable rocket problem, there’s a chance launches will be up to 100 times less expensive.
That would be no joke.