As Charles Lurio reports in the latest Lurio Report, John Carmack and Armadillo Aerospace trashed a vehicle.  And when I say “trashed”, I mean TRASHED:


What Learning Looks Like

HOWEVER, as Lurio points out, all is not lost.  All is not lost when a vehicle is trashed.  For as painful as it might be to see all that time and money sitting in a puddle of filthy viscous puddle, like a pool of blood, (and one look at the faces of Carmack et al in this photo tells it all: regret, anger, frustration, concern, sadness), this is what learning looks like.  We may be taught in school that those who “fail” should be punished, but in reality, in nature, and in aeronautics, so long as we can learn from these events, there is no failure.  Edison put it best: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Finally, we put the image of another “failure” at the top of this posting.  That was a glider project that, like Carmack’s, was trashed big-time.  A couple of bicycle mechanics had produced that “failure”…1900…three years before inventing the airplane.  Armadillo, don’t give up, we are rooting for you and know that you will achieve great things if you can just persevere.