HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A new rocket motor for short-duration science flights in future spacecraft may need a little more work, according to officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
NASA officials ran its first hot-fire test on the new Peregrine motor Tuesday afternoon.
While tests didn't go to plan, officials said its simply part of the process.
"Failures are not a problem," said Chris Singer, Director of Engineering. "Failures are your opportunity to learn. That's where the hardware tells you what you didn't know. And it keeps us humble."
Singer says today's officials will crunch today's data before moving ahead with future testing.