Elon Musk – Where is he headed?

Elon Musk, as per usual, has been making headlines lately. We like to follow Musk as he is a great innovator and a very interesting example of amazing technology in action. We’ve seen a lot in the news lately though that has us scratching our heads a bit.  He is a trailblazer –I’ll definitely give him that. But, is he spreading himself to thin?

  • 7 July 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 800
SpaceX Successfully Lands Falcon 9 Rocket

​“The Falcon has landed,” these were the words of a launch commentator during SpaceX’s webcast just as applause erupted from SpaceX’s California headquarters, followed by cheers and chants of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” They’ve done it!  Elon Musk, present at the launch site in Florida, initially thought the rocket had actually crashed with an explosion, but later learned that it had landed in one piece.  This was a huge success.

  • 24 December 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1167
SpaceX Landing its First US Military Contract

​SpaceX has been fighting a long battle for the right to be considered for a US military contract.  After suing for this right, they’re the last ones in the running for the contract of a next-gen GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force. They are set to land their first US military contract.

  • 19 November 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1513
Top Articles of 2015

Now that we’ve passed the halfway point of the year, let’s take a look back and share with you your favorite articles we’ve written so far in the first half of 2015.

Here are your top ten articles of 2015.

  • 29 July 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1900
Failed Falcon 9 Rocket to Improve SpaceX Company Culture

There's no question that SpaceX is at the cutting edge of technology and innovation right now, but you can bet that all eyes are on Elon Musk and his company when issues like a failed rocket launch come up.  Recently, on June 28th, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket –only to fail about two minutes after takeoff from Cape Canaveral.  It is suspected that a faulty two-foot-long, one-inch-thick strut was the cause of this failure.  At the time, the rocket was carrying about 4,000lbs of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).  The lesson here, I guess, is that even wildly successful companies who have become accustomed to routine things going smoothly (successful launches in SpaceX’s case) can have simple mistakes or malfunctions that create big problems.  Because a recent history of success may be contributing to a sort of complacency within SpaceX’s company culture, this failed rocket launch can actually be a benefit and a lesson to learn from.

  • 22 July 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2032
Elon Musk and SpaceX Providing Internet Service to the Entire World From Space

Well, Elon Musk is at it again.  Musk’s company SpaceX has now asked the federal government for permission to begin testing on a new project. The idea is to beam internet service from space.  They would be the next Comcast… from outer space.  Interestingly enough, this would launch SpaceX into the category of a major high-speed Internet provider both to those in the developed world and also billions of those not currently online.

  • 10 June 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1507
Another Historic SpaceX Launch

We’ve been following SpaceX fairly closely over the past few months and we just brought you the details of their April 14th launch: here.  This was the most recent launch where they attempted to retrieve the rocket’s first stage by having it land on a floating platform.  On Monday April 27th, at 7:03 P.M. ET SpaceX completed another historic launch where they launched the country Turkmenistan’s first ever commercial satellite.

  • 29 April 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1575
SpaceX April 14th, 2015 Launch

Yesterday, April 14th, 2015, SpaceX had another historic launch of a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with an uncrewed cargo spacecraft called Dragon.  This rocket was sent on a flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the International Space Station.  SpaceX, Elon Musk, and the rest of us watched on as they attempted to land the rocket stage on a floating barge.

  • 15 April 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1676
Checking in with the Next SpaceX Launch

Since we last checked in with SpaceX, they’ve been busy.  We’ve all been anxiously awaiting another launch of their reusable rocket.  Recently, SpaceX released a glimpse of its first rocket-landing site on dry land in a picture at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that reads "Landing Complex 1." They also released pictures of the company's next Dragon cargo spacecraft.

  • 25 March 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1363
SpaceX Rocket May Have Crashed, but Morale Hasn't Burned Out

Not surprisingly, the SpaceX reusable rocket had a crash landing.  We talked about the upcoming launch last week: here.  Because launching a rocket into space isn't hard enough, Elon Musk decided to try to bring one safely back to earth by landing it on a floating ship.  The idea, if executed properly, would save an absurd amount of money.  This is a revolutionary concept and there are bound to be a few set backs and learning curves. 

  • 14 January 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1742
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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