This point is often overlooked when comparing the ULA corps to SpaceX. I can only imagine the kind of dinosaurs and part-timers they have in the rocketry divisions at Boeing who are just looking ride out their careers for an easy paycheck. I can't imagine being an excited, motivated and talented engineer who wants to work in rocketry and going to Boeing or Lockheed. Meanwhile SpaceX can pick from the most promising candidates, grind them into the dirt and get more when they fall.I work in aerospace in Los Angeles (DoD side) and know a lot of SpaceX folks. A big advantage they have is SpaceX makes the employees work insane hours for the same pay as the other aerospace companies. Went on a mountaineer trip with a guy who a guy who has a PHD in aerospace engineering and works on the merlin engine at SpaceX over the summer in Washington. The night before the climb he had his laptop and was working in the hotel room while I was going to sleep.
Meanwhile SpaceX can pick from the most promising candidates, grind them into the dirt and get more when they fall.
I don't know how true it is, but I hear a lot of people are putting in a few years in the SpaceX grinder and then moving onto more balanced jobs where they benefit from their time at SpaceX.Judging from my cousin's experience, this is absolutely the case. He likes the work and the perks enough that he doesn't really care at this point, but he's definitely devaluing his own time. That said, it's hard to fault him. If I were single in my mid-20's with his skills I'd put in some overtime to say that I got to send shit to Mars.
He hasn't expressed any dissatisfaction, but he's moving with his MD girlfriend to the bay area for her residency and doesn't seem overly broken up that SpaceX won't guarantee he can work remote from there. I think he's been there 5-6 years at this point? It's hard to imagine that with his resume (MIT BS in EE/CS straight to mission-critical stuff at SpaceX) that he couldn't get a job basically anywhere he wanted.I don't know how true it is, but I hear a lot of people are putting in a few years in the SpaceX grinder and then moving onto more balanced jobs where they benefit from their time at SpaceX.
One SLS exists already and they're gonna build more. My take is if they cancel SLS, congress critters getting money to their districts via SLS will cancel the whole program.NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to explore more of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, and the agency has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface.www.nasa.gov
Cancel the SLS, it's DOA.
Also disappointed they didn't have enough funding to give to the national team, just so we could have something to compare SpaceX's progress too as the national team runs a circus.
I wonder how many times SpaceX will land starship on mars before it's crewed.I think the timing works for Spacex because it will take a while to certify starship for human flight to/from Earth, while a lander is actually a bit simpler in a number of ways w/ no flaps, no belly flop maneuver, etc.