SpaceX is famously not afraid to fail. “There’s a silly notion that failure’s not an option at NASA,” company founder Elon Musk has said in the past. “Failure is an option here.
If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”
In recent years, others in the aerospace industry have come to see the sense of this ethos, as SpaceX has tinkered with its Falcon 9 rocket to make it a mostly reusable booster, finally achieving reuse of the rocket’s first stage earlier this year.
To go further in space, at a lower cost, new things must be tried.
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