SpaceX is famously unafraid of failure. “There’s this stupid idea that failure isn’t an option at NASA,” founder Elon Musk said in the past. “Failure is an option here. If things don’t fail, you’re not innovating enough.”
In recent years, others in the aerospace industry have begun to see the point of this ethos, as SpaceX tinkered with its Falcon 9 rocket to make it a largely reusable booster, finally delivering the first stage of the rocket earlier this year. rocket was reused. To get further into space, at a lower cost, new things have to be tried.
Even Gene Kranz, who is known for saying that failure was not an option as NASA flight director during the Apollo lunar missions, has been raving about SpaceX recently, saying, “Space brings risks, and I think that’s the only thing with Elon Musk and all the different space entrepreneurs they’re willing to risk their future to achieve the goal they’ve decided on I think we as a nation need to learn that as an important part of this to step forward and acceptable risk.”
To that end, SpaceX has showcased its failure in a new video showing the company’s (often explosive) efforts to first return the Falcon 9 first stage to the ocean, then to an ocean-based drone ship and more. Along the way, the engineers have clearly learned a lot about rockets, propellants, and the pitfalls of trying to return a very large rocket from space.
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