“Elon Musk turns up the heat to stop SpaceX burning through cash” telegraph

Starship on the right

“What it comes down to, is that we face a genuine risk of bankruptcy if we can’t achieve a Starship flight rate of at least once every two weeks next year.” SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment.

Last week, Musk reiterated his concerns in public. “Starship is a hard, hard, hard, hard project. It is so preposterously difficult, that there are times where I wonder whether we can actually do this,” he told a conference.

It is easy to brush off these comments as Musk being his typical controversial self, trying to motivate staff just recalled from a rare holiday with their families. But analysts say that what little can be gleaned from SpaceX’s finances suggests a company undeniably burning through cash and reliant on getting high-risk projects done just in time, suggesting a real possibility of bankruptcy.

Despite the huge success of its Falcon 9 rocket series, which is now widely used by NASA and has slashed launch costs, the much larger Starship is a different beast. It will be the tallest rocket ever built – larger than NASA’s Saturn V launchers for the moon landings.

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2 Responses to “Elon Musk turns up the heat to stop SpaceX burning through cash” telegraph

  1. Walter says:

    Guys like Musk are the engines that drive our economy.

  2. Sam says:

    Telescopes really are time machines; they literally allow us to see into the past,” says Amber Straughn, an astrophysicist on the James Webb telescope project. Webb is designed to give scientists a look at the first galaxies formed after the Big Bang.

    https://twitter.com/60minutes/status/1470203626429853703?s=21

    It will be very interesting what we discover about the past of the universe once the Webb telescope is fully deployed. Hopefully the Webb telescope will have a successful launch and commissioning in space. I’ve always been skeptical of the Big Bang as it begets the question- what before it?

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