Author Topic: Discussion with Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, SpaceX  (Read 33552 times)

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Praises Space Act Agreements

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Not the clearest picture but you can still read the launch manifest.

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accessible space launch market is $7.5-8B

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Commentator says Falcon 9 is not on the "bleeding edge of technology"  Gwynne argues that assertion.  "Merlin is best T/W Kerolox engine"
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Gwynne: Falcon 9 is innovative because it can perform critical missions for far less cost than any of our domestic competition.

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Gwynne: avoiding mobile service towers was a decision taken early. MST's are expensive.

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Horizontal Integration keeps cost low.  Same thing the Russians do.

Rocket not built in High-Bay space in Hawthorne, so the cost for the space is far less.


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They really don't like the idea of vertical pad integration.

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Have 3000 Suppliers,  63 cents on the dollar goes to suppliers.  They are just on a much lower level of integration.

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So far for the 'SpaceX build everything in house' myth. SpaceX has 3000 suppliers.

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ULA Atlas 3 launch site to Atlas 5 cost $250-300m  Gwynne says she can build a LOT of Launch sites from scratch for $300m

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Engineers want to build stuff...
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Gwynne: no regrets on starting bid protest against 36-core block buy.

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Paraphrase: Easy to recruit talent to SpaceX.. They are there to work on exciting projects and "Build Stuff"

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SpaceX providing literally Terabytes of data to the Air Force as part of Certification.

Pushing hard to have completed this year.

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Gwynne: We're working on certification complete (for Falcon 9 in EELV program) towards end of this calender year.

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Atlas has 38 mission to fly and 15 RD-180 in country. "I think it's a problem"

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Gwynne: It is a false assumption that the USAF does not want changes to a rocket's configuration. ULA changes it rockets too. Rockets do change. Issue arises when a rocket becomes completely different as a result of changes.

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Question about conflict between AF wanting "Frozen" configuration vs SpaceX changes.

Gwynne " ULA makes changes between launches a well" 

Also says AF will have option of current vs Previous version if needed.

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The first questioner had a second question, asking about the "soft water landing" -- did she actually address that at all?

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