SpaceX chief Elon Musk can afford to poke fun at his early, pioneering efforts at rocket recycling, now that his private company has pulled off 16 successful booster landings.
When you think SpaceX your first thought might be the future of spaceflight or a pipedream. "It's just a scratch", he said, after one booster was deliberately blown to pieces due to an engine sensor failure. Another clip shows a fireball with the comment, "Well, technically it did land ... just not in one piece".
And a sticky throttle valve thwarted a rocket-landing attempt in April 2015.
'Look, that's not an explosion...it's just a rapid unscheduled disassembly, ' the video states.
The video ends with the first successful pad landing and first successful droneship landing so we don't finish with a bad taste in our mouths.
Rocket reusability has now become SpaceX's specialty, at least for their Falcon 9's boost stage.
There is also a reference to Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with a quote from the play overlaid on an explosion from March 2016, caused by the failure of the landing burn. Musk posted a video Thursday of the crashes of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle. But, like every innovation in history, SpaceX's first attempts weren't exactly an outstanding success.
For now, SpaceX's first-stage boosters- 15 stories tall - separate shortly after liftoff and fly back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or an ocean platform for a vertical touchdown.