On Thursday the explosion of SpaceX’s new startup mission exploded minutes after it was launched on a first flight test is an example of a “successful failure” business formula that serves Elon Musk’s Company well.
The fiery disintegration of Musk’s colossal, next-generation Starship system came as a setback, experts said the dramatic loss of the rocket ship would help accelerate the development of the vehicle.
The starship tumbled out of control 20 miles up in the sky once it was mounted on a Super heavy rocket booster before the combined vehicle was transformed to bits; it was dominated by the coverage of the media as the launch was anticipated.
SpaceX admitted that there was a malfunction of the Super Heavy’s 33 powerful Raport engines on the ascent and that the booster rocket and Starship failed the separation as designed before the launch was terminated.
The executives of SpaceK including Musk, the founder, CEO, and chief engineer of the California-based rocket company, were happy with the fact that the test flight could achieve the objective of getting the vehicle off the ground and has provided enough data in the advancements of Starship’s development.
Thorough practice is done for the future
The test flight delivered benefits according to two experts in aerospace engineering and planetary science.
Garrett Reisman, an astronautical engineering professor at the University of Southern California and a former NASA astronaut who is also a senior adviser to SpaceX claimed that “This is a classical SpaceX successful failure”.
It sets apart the company run by Musk from other traditional aerospace companies as the Starship test flight was a hallmark of SpaceX’s strategy as they embraced failure when the consequences of failure is low.