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cspg
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posted 07-19-2012 05:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX: Making Commercial Spaceflight a Reality
by Erik Seedhouse
"SpaceX — The First Ten Years" is an account of commercial spaceflight's most successful venture. It describes the extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement that have placed SpaceX at the forefront of the launch industry and made it the most likely candidate for transporting humans to Mars. Since its inception in 2002, SpaceX has sought to change the space launch paradigm by developing a family of launch vehicles that will ultimately reduce the cost and increase the reliability of space access tenfold. Coupled with the newly emerging market for governmental, private, and commercial space transport, this new model will re-ignite humanity's efforts to explore and develop space.

Formed in 2002 by Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal and the Zip2 Corporation, SpaceX has already developed two state-of-the-art new launch vehicles, established an impressive launch manifest, and been awarded COTS funding by NASA to demonstrate delivery and return of cargo to the ISS.

This book describes how simplicity, low-cost, and reliability can go hand in hand, as promoted in the philosophy of SpaceX. It explains how, by eliminating the traditional layers of internal management and external sub-contractors and keeping the vast majority of manufacturing in house, SpaceX reduces its costs while accelerating decision making and delivery, controls quality, and ensures constant liason between the design and manufacturing teams.

  • Softcover, 200 p. 5 illus.
  • Springer, November 28, 2012
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-5513-4

cspg
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posted 07-21-2012 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For European readers, the Amazon UK listing.

garymilgrom
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Mr. Musk and SpaceX have come a long way but I think the title of this book is a bit premature. Maybe that's what it takes to move the product these days.

johntosullivan
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posted 08-07-2013 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johntosullivan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another great interview with the author on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston.

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