Mars on Earth: The Long Tick of Elon Time

We've all heard the joke.

Elon says they're going to fly Commercial Crew in Q1 2020, so add Elon Time - that's mid-to-late 2020, right? 😂😬

You gotta admit, he's consistent - he always tells you the best-case situation; Subtext: if nothing goes wrong... but has that ever happened?

If you count how many nods Elon makes while he answers that question and which way his eyes are pointing you can see how sure he is... How much he isn't telling you.

How much you have no right to know, damn it. Let the man work!

That's how you make a following. Guard your playbook, and move. Never stand still, lest they believe you've fallen over.

What would have happened if 2 years ago Elon said "Look, nothing is going to happen at SpaceX until we see what the NASA Admin is going to do, so just spin your wheels and don't do anything. I'm going to work on Starlink."

Probably everything we've seen in the last 2 years. Gradual improvement and - dare we say it? - perfection of the Falcon GNC and an X-plane program to flight test the skydiver reentry mode.

When Elon says "either I'm the chief designer or it is someone else who is really really humble..." 😉 I'm like 🤔


The thing they never tell you about Thomas Edison is that most "great men of tech" are front guys for shy inventors who prefer to keep their names out of the media so they can focus on their work. Heck, you could say that's all of us who take a salary... and never publish.

Sorry Lars, but go on, take a bow. It's amazing work and we're all behind you 💯



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