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Watch: When SpaceX laughs at itself while teaching how not to land an orbital rocket booster

What’s that they say about failure being the stepping stone to success?


Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk isn’t afraid of admitting mistakes. In fact, SpaceX has just released (above) what could very well be the most epic compilation of fail” videos on the internet.

The supercut has been aptly titled How Not To Land An Orbital Rocket Booster. SpaceX’s blooper reel, set to John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell, showcases the many things that can go wrong. Those things may include:

  • Engine censor failure, leading to a mid-air explosion.
  • Running out of hydraulic fluid, leading to surface explosion.
  • Sticky throttle valve, leading to a rapid unscheduled disassembly.
  • Landing leg collapse, leading to surface explosion.
  • Running out of propellant, leading to surface explosion.

It was only in December 2015, after some 13 failures, that SpaceX was able to conduct its first successful landing on, well, land. In April 2016, it also accomplished its first successful droneship landing. And having pulled off 16 successful booster landings now, SpaceX wants the world to know that behind every successful rocket launch, there are many, many failures.

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Bringing your parents into the digital fold can be a rewarding experience

Contrary to popular sentiment, being the tech support for your parents might be a great use of your time and theirs.

If you look up ‘Parents vs technology’, you’ll be showered with a barrage of hilariously adorable and relatable memes. Half the hilarity of these memes sprouts from their familiarity as most of us have found ourselves in similar troubleshooting situations. Helping a parent understand and operate technology can be trying. However, as you sit, exasperated, deleting the gazillion empty folders that your mum has accidentally made, you might be losing out on an opportunity to enrich her life.

After the advent of technology in our everyday personal and work lives, parents have tried to embrace the brand-new ways to work and communicate with a bit of help from us, the digital natives. And while they successfully send Whatsapp messages and make video calls, a tremendous amount of unfulfilled potential has fallen through the presumptuous gap that lies between their ambition and our understanding of their technological needs.

When Priyanka Gothi’s mother retired after 35 years of being a teacher, Priyanka decided to create a first of its kind marketplace that would leverage the experience and potential of retirees by providing them with flexible job opportunities. Her Hong Kong based novel venture, Retired, Not Out is reimagining retirement by creating a channel through which the senior generation can continue to contribute to the society.

Our belief is that tech is highly learnable. And learning doesn’t stop when you graduate from school. That is why we have designed specific programmes for seniors to embrace technology to aid their personal and professional goals.

— Priyanka Gothi, Founder & CEO, Retired Not Out

Ideas like Retired Not Out promote inclusiveness and help instil confidence in a generation that has not grown up with technology. A positive change in our parent’s lives can be created if we flip the perspective on the time spent helping them operate a laptop and view it as an exercise in empowerment. For instance, by becoming proficient in Microsoft Excel, a senior with 25 years of experience in finance, could continue to work part time as a Finance Manager. Similarly, parents can run consultation blogs or augment their hobbies and continue to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Advocating the same message, Lenovo’s new web-film captures the void that retirement creates in a person’s life, one that can be filled by, as Lenovo puts it, gifting them a future.


Depending on the role technology plays, it can either leave the senior generation behind or it can enable them to lead an ambitious and productive life. This festive season, give this a thought as you spend time with family.

To make one of Lenovo’s laptops a part of the family, see here.

This article was produced on behalf of Lenovo by the marketing team and not by the editorial staff.