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SpaceX - Starbase Walk-around tour with Elon...
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 13, 2021 10:41AM
Since Tesla came up below...

Tim Dodd the "Everyday Astronaut" got the opportunity to do a several hour walk-through tour and talk with Elon Musk at the Boca Chica "Starbase" facility and launch pad.

It's VERY impressive! Elon looks exhausted... That's what being a "hands on" CEO of two major, growing, expanding, innovating companies (and what, five other companies as well?) AND being a new dad does.

Some of the shots really give you a better idea of the SCALE of the SuperHeavy booster and Starship. They're flippin' enormous!

Some interesting interactions with his team, too. There have been reports that he's a "terrible boss to work for" - but this shows that there's another half to that story.

Here is Part 1... the other two parts you can find from Part 1.
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Paul F.
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Re: SpaceX - Starbase Walk-around tour with Elon...
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 13, 2021 12:21PM
Thanks for posting, saw the first 10 min during lunch break.

I will definitely watch over the weekend.

Agree that Elon looks very tired, but still 200% engaged.

Cost/ton to orbit (safely) is a new metric? How the heck isn't that the PRIMARY metric ? That observation alone explains the Boeing and ULA mishaps.
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Re: SpaceX - Starbase Walk-around tour with Elon...
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 13, 2021 12:43PM
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Cost/ton to orbit (safely) is a new metric? How the heck isn't that the PRIMARY metric ? That observation alone explains the Boeing and ULA mishaps.

Most NASA missions have nothing to do with cost. They are approved and funded based on scientific value, and national prestige. Cost, sadly, is irrelevant beyond what they can get from Congress to pay for it.
Likewise, contractors such as Boeing and ULA have never had ANY motivation whatsoever to make things cheaper. Just to make them work within whatever budget they can get out of NASA/Congress. So, we had the Shuttle... at somewhere between a BILLION and a BILLION AND A HALF dollars per flight. And we have Delta IV Heavy at close to 300 Million per flight.

Most "traditional space" companies are still operating on the "we can charge what we want, and it'll be ready when WE say it's ready" premise... That game has changed.

Starship has some limitations (needing many orbital refuelings to get out of LEO for example) but if they pull off even HALF the reduction in cost they're talking about - it really will be the dawn of the space-age.



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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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