'Failure is not the end, it's the start of your comeback story'. Very apt words from author Lailah Gifty Akita, BSc MPhil. as we reflect on the successes of the launch from Spaceport Cornwall last night of the LauncherOne rocket.
Stage one saw a successful take off of the carrier plane, Cosmic Girl, all appeared to going smoothly and on time with LauncherOne being released to continue the journey to deploy nine satellites into space. However, during the second stage, LauncherOne failed to fire up which prevented it from reaching the required altitude for deployment and burned up in the atmosphere. A huge disappointment to everyone involved.
However, set backs happen. NASA's Artemis I had a series of aborted launches before it's first successful mission. In our Coding Adventures we talk about these situations not as failures but as the opportunity to analyse, think, learn and adapt. We approach this as debugging code however, the principle is the same for all problem solving - not everything works first time it's just that some problems take more time to solve.
We look forward to hearing more about the anomalies that caused the failure of the mission last night and how the teams work together to overcome them for their continued future successes.