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Elon Musk - SpaceX version

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by Grendal, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. Grendal

    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

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    Elon interviewed at Air Force Space Pitch Day

     
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  2. Cosmacelf

    Cosmacelf Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  3. GreenT

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    I used to hang on his every word.
    Today I'll not even watch it.
    How times change?
     
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  4. Grendal

    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

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    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.
     
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  5. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    My highlights:
    - 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!
     
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  6. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Well-Known Member

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    I watched it. Just skip when you've heard it all before. There was a fair amount of new stuff.
     
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  7. ecarfan

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    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!
     
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  8. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    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.
     
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  9. Electroman

    Electroman Well-Known Member

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    That was one good interview. Loved it. And I have listened to all his interviews.
     

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