Friday, 24 October 2014

How Elon Musk taught himself rocket science

Jim Cantrell
Credit: IDair

Jim Cantrell, aerospace consultant & SpaceX’s first VP of business development, talks about how Elon Musk learned enough about aerospace to start SpaceX &, “... used a billion dollars to do what NASA couldn’t do with $US27 billion,”

“He is by far the single smartest person that I have ever worked with … period.”

Esquire magazine interview with Elon Musk: / bachelor’s degrees physics economics University of Pennsylvania run SpaceX spacecraft company Jim Cantrell aerospace consultant first vice president VP business development industry mentor company launched in 2002 taught himself rocket science by reading textbooks talking industry heavyweights Internet billionaire Robert Zubrin founder the Mars Society expert in Russian rockets spacecraft Mars Quora thread two-part learning process teach himself rocket science committed textbooks to memory affinity for applied knowledge loaned textbooks study never returned Rocket Propulsion Elements Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion Fundamentals of Astrodynamics International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems quote passages verbatim books built network smartest people network aerospace industry spaceapalooza hired the rocket engineer Tom Mueller smartest propulsion expert deep knowledge learned from years of research absorbed books truly listens to people absorb this information motivation true pioneer rocket scientist the smartest man I ever met /

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