casinterest wrote:Tim the Everyday Astronaut led a good interview.
It's so interesting that Elon Musk - in the beginning - just rehashes what is told in every business school. But rarely the companies actually heed that advice...
1. Never optimize what should not be done in the first place.
2. If design is taking too long, settle for another design.
3. Your product reflects your organization. If another department is setting constraints on what you're designing - be aware that these constraints may be faulty.
4. Ask whether the right questions are being asked.
Elon's role is interesting. He dedicated some years to read everything on rocket design and space exploration. He's as much a boss as he is an engineer.
Regarding the aerospike engine - which has high efficiencies across all air densities - he basically said that too much work is needed to make them as nearly as efficient as those inverted buckets where things are mixed and ignited.