SpaceX's Secret Sauce

1 visionary + 3 launchers + 1,500 employees = ? Is SpaceX changing the rocket equation?, Andrew Chaikin, Air & Space magazine

"After nearly a decade of struggling to reach this point, Musk isn't about to reveal the finer details of how he and his privately held company have created the Falcon and Dragon. They don't even file patents, Musk says, because "we try not to provide a recipe by which China can copy us and we find our inventions coming right back at us." But he talks freely about SpaceX's approach to rocket design, which stems from one core principle: Simplicity enables both reliability and low cost. Think of cars, Musk says. "Is a Ferrari more reliable than a Toyota Corolla or a Honda Civic?"

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