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Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by Grendal, Nov 10, 2019.
Elon interviewed at Air Force Space Pitch Day
I loved how he ended it with a very good examination of how idiotic it is to be building single use rockets (cough, SLS, cough). But the whole thing was great.
I used to hang on his every word.
Today I'll not even watch it.
How times change?
I thought there was some really interesting stuff in this one. Not too surprising if you know Elon from many of his other interviews but enlightening if you haven't.
- Less than 10% of Falcon 9 is not made in-house
- SpaceX now outsourcing Falcon 9’s landing legs to All-American Racing which makes racing cars (“They could do it better than us”)
- “We would love to outsource more”
- Cybertruck will look like it came off a movie set, and Elon likes it. Make what your like: “If it’s compelling to you it will be compelling to others”
- SpaceX is 7000 people
- Spoke twice about proper reward structure to incentivize the behaviour one wants out of their employees
- Insists that teams step on each other’s toes to encourage system optimization over sub-system optimization (i.e. prop team goes partway into airframe and vice-versa)
- A rocket coming back from orbit is like a seesaw
- A pretty funny joke about shorts
- Elon says the last full one week break without work he had was in 2000 when he had malaria
- Want to get hired by him? Give him 3 bullets on clear evidence of exceptional ability. College degrees and 4.0 GPAs are not that
(This following bit got quite hard to hear)
- Starship cost of propellant (fuel and oxygen, no helium which is expensive) is about $900k per flight.
- Starship marginal cost per flight at about $2M
I will strive to be “less wrong“ tomorrow!
I watched it. Just skip when you've heard it all before. There was a fair amount of new stuff.
Thanks for taking the time to pick out the highlights. Every Elon interview is a fun interview, though he tends to tone it down quite a bit when he is at a NASA event.
And I’m so glad he has not — as far as I know — had a recurrence of malaria. That is such a debilitating disease, and the last thing we need is Elon with no energy, just lying around.
It seems that the idea of a “vacation” is just not in his mindset. He enjoys his work too much!
I quite enjoyed his thoughts on recruiting talent, and retaining it.
For example: he wonders if his recruiting would allow them to find and hire Nikola Tesla if he was around. He was concerned they would miss out on such a talent.
That was one good interview. Loved it. And I have listened to all his interviews.