Experts said on Thursday that the explosion of SpaceX’s new Starship rocket just minutes after it rocketed off its launch pad on a maiden flight test is the latest vivid instance of a business formula known as “successful failure” that fits Elon Musk’s firm well.
The experts believe that rather than being a setback, Musk’s massive, next-generation Starship system’s flaming disintegration will assist speed up the construction of the vehicle. They say this is because the spectacular destruction of the rocket ship will help expedite development of the vehicle.
The media coverage of the highly anticipated launch was dominated by images of the Starship spiraling out of control about 20 miles up in the sky.
SpaceX admitted that three of the Super Heavy’s 33 powerful Raport engines failed to work properly while the vehicle was climbing into orbit, and that the booster rocket and Starship did not separate as they were supposed to prior to the termination of the hazardous voyage.
But leaders at SpaceX, including Musk, the founder, CEO, and chief engineer of the rocket firm headquartered in California, praised the test flight as a success since it achieved the key aim of getting the spacecraft off the ground while also giving a plethora of data that would improve the construction of Starship.
When questioned by Reuters, at least two professionals in the fields of aeronautical engineering and planetary science reached the conclusion that the test flight was beneficial.
Garrett Reisman, a former NASA astronaut who is now an astronautical engineering professor at the University of Southern California and a senior advisor to SpaceX, stated, “This is a classical SpaceX successful failure.” He went on to say that the Starship test flight exemplified a SpaceX strategy that distinguishes Musk’s company from traditional aerospace companies and even NASA by “this embracing of failure when the consequences of failure are low.”