Innovation’s Essential Ingredient: Failure

Spectators watch the second and final qualification motor (QM-2) test for the Space Launch System's booster, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems test facilities in Promontory, Utah. During the Space Launch System flight the boosters will provide more than 75 percent of the thr

All the great successes of U.S. scientific and technological innovation start with some failure. SpaceX — the first private company to launch NASA astronauts into space — didn’t put an orbital rocket booster into space on the first try. That’s the beauty of scientific and technological research: there are endless possibilities to learn from mistakes.