The course of action:
The intention was to build a properly functioning rocket as quickly as possible which could compete with The Soviet Union’s Sputnik. They wanted to put a lot of money into the project in a short amount of time so that a good, competitive rocket could be built as quickly as possible.
22 unsuccessful training flights. The rocket just did not want to function properly.
They did not reflect on it fundamentally. There seemed to be a different defect 22 times. The same error did not appear more than once. Only when they performed an in-depth investigation of the entire set up of the program did they achieve a successful flight. Making repairs alone was therefore not sufficient.
The program leader was very clear when he said; “Failure analysis is basically research, when you get down to it. You recover and learn from mistakes; you don’t do that with success.”
S. J. Hogenbirk