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SpaceX's explosions (including unseen footage) are shared by Elon Musk

SpaceX's explosions (including unseen footage) are shared by Elon Musk

The video is accompanied by a string of captions commenting on the action involving crashes, mid-air explosions, rocket topplings, and general destruction.

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.

And boom goes the rocket booster.

In one video dated August 2014, the engine sensor on the Falcon 9 first-stage fails, and the rocket flips upside down before exploding. It catalogues 12 failed landings, followed by two successes.

Musk teased the video's arrival last week: 'Putting together SpaceX rocket landing blooper reel.

If you're interested in seeing some brilliantly captured photos of SpaceX's Falcon 9, head over to their Flickr.

"The course of true love never did run smooth", one caption reads. In this video, below, we see just how many growing pains SpaceX actually has. In space tech, as in other technology sectors, you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelette - but in SpaceX's case, those broken eggs just happen to result in spectacular explosions.

Since its first successful landing in December 2015, SpaceX has only crashed three of the rockets that it meant to land.

SpaceX has been working on making their fairings - the cones that protect a rocket's payload - reusable, and that begins by successfully landing and recovering the used cones.

SpaceX is now the only space company to build an arsenal of reusable first stage orbital rockets.