Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of Elon Musk and SpaceX.
Earlier this week I am reading the Wall Street Journal and I find an article by Andy Pastor titled, “SpaceX Stumbles in Test to Show Reusable Rocket Technology Advances.” Stumbles? Really?!
It’s a few days later and I’m still annoyed. SpaceX attempted something revolutionary – recovering a first stage rocket in order to reuse it. On their FIRST (EVER!) attempt it landed too hard on the landing platform. Musk himself predicted success at around fifty percent (50%).
I want to suggest a different headline – one more respectful and appreciative of the technical and economic risk.
SpaceX nearly recovers first stage rocket for the FIRST time in HISTORY.