Space X Heavy Lift System Roadmap

Or “KSP IRL”, as I like to call it.


My Day - “Hmm, fairly upset my wireless mouse battery has run out. Let me see if I can fix that today”

Elon’s Day - “Ok, car industry revolutionized, power industry disrupted, now let me finish this snickers bar before fixing up that whole Interplanetary Transport system problem.”

Finger’s crossed the Falcon Heavy doesn’t get ‘Boeing’d’ from the grassy knoll and they at least get a drone Dragon Capsule landing on Mars in 2018. Amazing stuff.

My Day - “Man, I’ve spend 4 hours trying to solve a weird humming noise in my USB headset - changing ALL the audio settings, updating drivers, disconnecting/reconnecting every audio cable (even though it’s a USB headset), scouring forums - oh look, a loose cable at the headset itself.”


Technically, they’ve got a good approach. They are taking things slow and sequentially testing capabilities. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle a big failure. I’m still watching how they’re handling the latest Falcon incident.

Cynical me is expecting at least a 5 year slip.

The should be working on the main system rather than campaign DLC!!! Do the rocket engineers do the graphics!?!? :wink:

Yep, it will be late for sure. Lots of new things but the aggressive timescale based around the Mars 2 year window seems sensible at least as a forcing function.

They seem self-aware though, as in calling the first Mars ship ‘Heart of Gold’ because it is so improbable was a nice idea.

“I think probably we’ll name the first ship that goes to Mars ‘Heart of Gold,’” Musk said during a presentation at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico. “I like the fact that it’s driven by infinite improbability, because I think our ship is also extremely improbable.”

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