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SpaceX Factory tour

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by artsci, Jun 16, 2015.

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  1. artsci

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    I'm going from TMC Connect to LA and would love to do a spaceX factory tour. I know that they're not open to the public but I'm curious how these are arranged. I'll be at the Kennedy Space Center so see a launch later this month and it would be great to see the rockets under construction in Hawthorne.
     
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    SpaceX is such a cool place. I'm been to the supercharger at SpaceX twice and there is always so much activity going on. Would like to get a photo op with Elon too.
     
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    Everyone that I know that's gotten a tour has arranged it through someone they know that's an employee at SpaceX.
     
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    Anyone? Free front or rear lighted T for the tour:)
     
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    Maybe things have changed, but it's pretty difficult to arrange a tour at SpaceX. I've managed it for one person about a year ago, but I pulled in a lot of goodwill chits to make it happen. (And I haven't had a tour, because of the hassle of arranging.) As noted by banahogg, your best bet is if someone from SpaceX helps arrange.
     
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    #6 gg_got_a_tesla, Jun 16, 2015
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    @artsci, you may have seen this (from years ago):



    Good luck with getting a tour! That'd be quite a sight, I'm sure.

    By the way, how does SpaceX get the rockets over to Cape Canaveral? Some specially modified plane like the Dreamlifter?!
     
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    Thanks gg and Bonnie. Elon's video tour may be the closest I get:)
     
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    #8 ggr, Jun 17, 2015
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    The other way to get a tour is to get an interview. That's also pretty difficult, both to get it to happen and to go through it :). I will just say that the factory is much more crowded now than in the video tour.

    The boosters are transported by road the entire way. The circumference is constrained, IIRC, by the greatest width that can make it through all the curves and bridges and tight places.
     
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    Yep, you need to know someone who works at SpaceX for a tour. I got one being a friend of someone who was friends of an executive there. Most awesome tour ever. They literally had engineering stations on steel catwalks, that's how 3D the place felt. It was packed to the rooftop with activity.
     
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    Moved some off-topic posts here.

    gg, thanks for re-posting that video. Still interesting even though it sounds like the factory is now much more busy and crowded.
     
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    Hi,

    I am viewing from Australia and am unable to watch the youtube video. It says its private. Sometimes we have issues relating to viewing international videos. Is it possible to repost the video so that it is available internationally.
    Thanks
     
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    @Annie google is your friend here. "Google elon spacex tour" there is a 31min video on the tour. I couldn't see the linked video here in Syd AU either
     
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    Also you "could" set up a VPN to see blocked regional videos. I use one for hulu streaming.
     
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    The video linked here appears to have been made private. Here's the one @Drewflux mentioned.
     
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    Thanks Mike
     
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    Thanks Drewflux
     
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    I did end up with a tour of SpaceX on the day following the Model 3 party in Hawthorne - I ended up meeting Gwynne Shotwell (President & COO) who invited me over for a tour the next morning. Heck yeah!

    No photos allowed, but it was amazing. A bucket list item fulfilled.
     
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    Some final clarification.

    Barring unlikely avenues such as a job interview or Tesla referral contest prize, you can only get a tour at Hawthorne if you are friends with or family of an employee. SpaceX tends to crack down on non-friend/family tours. In addition, tours are possible for non-U.S. citizens, but they're a hassle. Be sure to let the tour guide know to plan the tour months in advance, if possible.

    Tours are usually Friday/Saturday/Sunday, from 4:30PM onwards. Good luck!
     

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