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SpaceX is the #1 Disruptor of 2018
« on: 05/22/2018 07:01 pm »
SpaceX is the No. 1 company on the 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 list, announced Tuesday.

SpaceX has vaulted to become one of the most valuable private companies in the world, with a valuation estimated at $28 billion.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/22/spacex-leading-the-space-race-to-launch-humans-to-mars.html

Really great read.  Many industry experts are quoted and the case for commercialization is only made stronger.

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Re: SpaceX is the #1 Disruptor of 2018
« Reply #1 on: 05/23/2018 06:38 pm »
CNBC interview.


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Re: SpaceX is the #1 Disruptor of 2018
« Reply #2 on: 05/23/2018 07:57 pm »
A validation for Elon Musk, whose goal with SpaceX was to disrupt the launch market by lowering the cost to access space. That he's been able to do that AND run a profitable business is truly amazing.

Many have pointed out that the most important element of what SpaceX has done is iterate while performing services for their customers, and I don't think anyone could have predicted back in 2001 that launch customers would be OK with flying on rockets that were constantly changing.

And it certainly has caught the established companies by surprise, especially government contractors, who rely on the U.S. Government to fund innovation.

Let's hope what Elon Musk, Gwynne Shotwell and the rest of SpaceX has done inspires many copycats!
« Last Edit: 05/24/2018 05:10 am by Coastal Ron »
If we don't continuously lower the cost to access space, how are we ever going to afford to expand humanity out into space?

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Re: SpaceX is the #1 Disruptor of 2018
« Reply #3 on: 05/23/2018 09:28 pm »
The secret sauce is that SpaceX the rocket builder is just one piece in a much, much bigger effort.  The entire infrastructure for Mars is coming together, while at the same time creating a set of bleeding edge tech advancements to improve life on Earth.

Launch vehicles (FH/BFR -- SpaceX)
Landers (BFS -- SpaceX)
Habs/building materials/tunneling (BFS plus Boring Company)
Solar power (Solar City/Tesla/SpaceX)
Energy storage (Tesla)
ISRU fuel/water (SpaceX)
Surface Mobility/Transportation (Tesla/hyperloop)
Autonomous vehicles and AI (Tesla/OpenAI)
Satellite Communications/IoT (Starlink/Tesla)
Agriculture-in-a-box (Square Roots -- Kimbal Musk)
Surface manufacturing (additive manufacturing/robotics -- SpaceX/Tesla)

Gwynne Shotwell's talk started connecting the dots as many on this forum have speculated.
Bolded items on above list are as disruptive of technologies on Earth as is Falcon 9.
« Last Edit: 05/23/2018 09:29 pm by AncientU »
"If we shared everything [we are working on] people would think we are insane!"
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Re: SpaceX is the #1 Disruptor of 2018
« Reply #4 on: 05/23/2018 10:09 pm »
Some of those items have pretty clear evidence (or actual visible products) but ISRU? We have to take their word for it. So far. Maybe more info is coming.

Edit: I am not in any way doubting! I am sure they are working on stuff that will make us swoon. And it all does fit together as AncientU says in the next post. So much synergy... not since Henry Ford have we seen so much interlock.
« Last Edit: 05/24/2018 02:19 am by Lar »
"I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact." -Elon Musk
"We're a little bit like the dog who caught the bus" - Musk after CRS-8 S1 successfully landed on ASDS OCISLY

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Re: SpaceX is the #1 Disruptor of 2018
« Reply #5 on: 05/23/2018 10:29 pm »
Some of those items have pretty clear evidence (or actual visible products) but ISRU? We have to take their word for it. So far. Maybe more info is coming.

Agree that nothing is visible, but recent statements by EM was that they are doing ISRU in house -- critical to make the system work.  Cannot remember where/when it was stated.

I think he is taking 'vertical integration' (business model) way beyond what he is advertising.  Look at Starlink... aluminum for rockets in one door and world-wide broadband out the other.  Or 'autos'... aluminum in one door, world-wide autonomous fleet out the other -- communicating over the constellation.  The data/software/AI brains/map/navigation/global IoT behind this link-up may be his most valuable product.
« Last Edit: 05/23/2018 10:37 pm by AncientU »
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Re: SpaceX is the #1 Disruptor of 2018
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