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Mark Probert

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Lessons on failure and innovation from the Spaceport Cornwall satellite launch

Spaceport Cornwall and a plane from Virgin Galactic

Recently Spaceport Cornwall attempted a remarkable first mission — to send a satellite into space from the UK. A first. Unfortunately the mission failed. In the immediate aftermath it was a big disappointment (especially, I’m sure, to everyone involved). But it soon dawned on me that failure is actually an important part of any innovation, and any project worth trying. 

After all, SpaceX had a number of rockets explode before they finally got it right, and now they’re at the forefront of space flight. And I’m sure that the teams at Virgin Galactic and Spaceport Cornwall will already be working

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