April 23, 2019 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Week Three: Ninth Anniversary Fund-Raising Drive for Behind the Black

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  • Edward

    I think that the difference between the reporting of SpaceX’s problem with its launch escape system and Boeing’s problem is that SpaceX’s problem resulted in a spectacular plume of smoke that was noticed by many people. Curiosity and concern naturally followed, and people wanted to know what had happened. Boeing’s problem went unnoticed and unknown until it was announced in a more proper and controlled way.

  • Edward: Yeah, that makes sense. At the same time, there is always a heightened interest in whatever SpaceX does, since it has such a spectacular track record. Boeing not so much, which means their won’t be as much interest.

  • Edward

    SpaceX does not seem to be afraid to let everyone know that rocket science is hard. They make their spectacular failures public as a matter of policy, or even entertainment:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ (2 minutes: SpaceX failure compilation)

    They seem to enjoy the interest that was generated in their company.

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