Monthly Archives: May 2012

Elon Musk’s determination

Dustin Curtis just posted this:

By 2008, SpaceX had launched three rockets. They all failed to make it into orbit. Shortly after the third failure, Elon Musk was interviewed by Wired Magazine’s Carl Hoffman: At the end of the day you’re still zero for three; you have so far failed to put a rocket into orbit.

Musk: We haven’t gotten into orbit, true, but we’ve made considerable progress. If it’s an all-or-nothing proposition then we’ve failed. But it’s not all or nothing. We must get to orbit eventually, and we will. It might take us one, two or three more tries, but we will. We will make it work. How do you maintain your optimism?

Musk: Do I sound optimistic? Yeah, you always do.

Musk: Optimism, pessimism, fuck that; we’re going to make it happen. As God as my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.

Yesterday, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station.

Good follow up to the previous quote I posted.

60 Minutes: When you had that third failure in a row, did you think, I need to pack this in?

Elon Musk: Never.

60: Why not?

E: I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or, completely incapacitated.

60: Do you believe that your rocket will be the next American rocket to send an astronaut to space?

E: I believe that is the most likely outcome, yes.

60: When critics say you can’t do this, your response to them is…

E: We’ve done this.

—Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and many more.

You’ve probably heard the news, he recently successfully launched the Dragon and attached it to the ISS.

Definitely one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs I’ve found.