- August 2, 2022
A Review Of Eric Berger's "Liftoff"
Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX – Book Review
“This retro future we are now witnessing is happening in many companies in many countries. But it can be traced back to one company – and one person: SpaceX, the brainchild of Elon Musk. With the notion of reusing rockets now accepted fact due to the Falcon 9, Musk is now building shiny stainless steel rockets in the middle of nowhere in Texas and blowing them up on a regular basis. And as soon as he can he plans to send people around the Moon and then to the surface of Mars. And when he does it will be in shiny aerodynamically-shaped spaceships from more than half a century ago.
The story of SpaceX – utterly synonymous with the story of Elon Musk – is the subject of Eric Berger’s marvelous book “Liftoff”. In a nutshell this book is a day-to-day diary of frequent near death corporate experiences, world-class MacGyvering, and engineers propelled by one part caffeine, one part RP-1, and one part dreams. This is all mixed in with in-your-face political jockeying, and a child-like drive on the part of Musk who read far too much science fiction as a kid and has the means to make it become reality. So he does.”