April 9, 2009
I am definitely not a fan of Elon Musk, or his companies. I have heard every know it all badmouth and say asinine things about NASA, and its contractors, who I retired from. they scoff at the cost of things, with no knowledge of requirements, and conditions government contractors have to meet.
Tesla has its problems, and I was always under the impress they would be some sort of economy car, but they are cars most can never afford. They are $80,000 cars I believe, so not a market that appeals to lower income people. The solar company I do not think is selling like hotcakes.
Space X is a direct competitor of the company I retired from, build rocket engines for 30 years. The cost of the shuttle was expensive, but Elon Musk benefits form technology my company invented, or new technology that was not thought of yet, that greatly reduces cost. 3D printing is one one them. Elon has a big vision of Mars, buy my company has been in production of the Mars mission rocket and Orion spacecraft quite a while. Space X has never launched a human, and the certification for manned flight is a monumental milestone, which they have been set back by rocket failures, and a engine failure in test just 2 weeks ago. Those are major setbacks to a company that the public is unaware of, and sends investigations requiring can't fail solutions, and exact reasons why it failed. Cheaper means less quality, corners cut, but the space shuttle program was so rigorous engines required zero defect welding, and were the most complex engines ever built, as well as the most complex thing built by humans. Space X engines are like comparing a old VW engine, to a Indy racecar engine. Nowhere near the complexity, as the space shuttle engines were throttleable.
Space X has many visions, and people who work their love it, but they are worked like the old Apollo days, and are given stocks in their pay agreement. They are known to lay off in droves, if you don't cut the mustard, and many people have left disgruntled. Several of my old coworkers are now at Space X. You are worked to the bone, he is very much in the shops, and my biggest observation watching televised launched, is you do not see people that are older, like where I worked. His work force is noticeably fresh out of college to lower 30's, nobody older and expericed in the crowd of workers gathered watching the launch.
Living in Los Angeles, his tunnel system for cars IMHO is just stupid. We are overdue for a big major earthquake in southern california. His dream along with Jerry Browns stupid bullet train are both just dumb ideas. Nobody needs to be inside tunnels or 200MPH trains traveling the San Andres fault.
Last the cost of Space X is lowballing prices, and one single human wants to monopolize our space program. I''ll take our government and NASA over allowing a one owner company control our space ventures.
April 9, 2009
If you do not think Musk is a total idiot, this might convince you. He has said in the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy, the rocket with 27 engines, he will use the test launch to put his Tesla Roadster into orbit in Mars, stating it will remain in orbit for 1 billion years.
this turns the space program into a total farce, and we are putting the hands of much of our space program into one mans control. Totally ridiculous.