Elon Musk: Falcon 9 had a ‘rapid unscheduled disassembly’

16 Jan 2015456 Views

The Falcon 9 rocket launch. Image via Wikimedia Commons

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has released images on microblogging site Twitter of the Falcon 9 rocket’s “rapid unscheduled disassembly” – or, failed landing.

Last weekend, SpaceX attempted to create a piece of space history by landing a rocket engine onto a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean in order to make space travel much cheaper by re-using the most expensive component of a rocket.

However, the commercial space operation’s highly ambitious endeavour – previously given a 50:50 chance of success – had a rough landing, with Musk taking to Twitter to say it had been ‘close but no cigar’.

Now it appears that describing the rocket as having a rough landing may have been a bit of an understatement. Musk described the rocket coming in hard on the barge, toppling over and exploding as a “rapid unscheduled disassembly”.

In a series of tweets with Oculus VR’s CTO John Carmack, Musk released still images from the video feed of the Falcon 9 crash to the delight of anyone who finds big explosions pretty cool.

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Musk has promised the public that another launch is scheduled to occur within the next two to three weeks.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic

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