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Build. Test. Iterate. Repeat.

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Written: Dec. 9th, 2020 Approx Reading Time: 3 min

Watched a SpaceX Launch today.

I often watch SpaceX launches. It's become a little family tradition.

Today was the Starship SN8 launch. Starship is the rocket that will be going to Mars!!

It's experimental at the moment but SpaceX keeps amazing with it's incredible engineering.

SN8 is the eight model of this rocket. Today the test was to see if the Starship could do a "belly flop" essentially turning on its side opening up its wing flaps and gliding. Similar to a plane.

As Starship is experimental and this has never been done before, it's expected that it could blow up or things will go wrong.

I love how transparent SpaceX is about the development of their projects and their philosophy around iteration. They livestream all their launches knowing that many of them can fail.

And they're okay with failure. They learn more from the failures often on how to design better rockets.

Going into the launch today it was anticipated that the rocket may not launch and if it does that it likely won't complete all mission objectives.

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(The transparency we love to see.)

The Starship launch was delayed a couple times. Then it finally went up!

It was so exciting. ๐Ÿฅณ

Then it kept going. & kept going...

Higher than any of the Starship models have gone before.

And then one of the raptor engines failed. A mini fire happened. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

The SN8 kept moving upwards.

Then another raptor failed. There was one engine left to propel this massive metal rocket ship.

And it kept going! At this point, I didn't know what would happen.

Would they abort the mission? Would the rocket not be able to propel anymore?

I was blown away by how one of their engines was able to keep propelling the rocket.

The fun didn't stop there.

Starship started turning on its side. It's wing flaps opened. It started to glide.

Successful belly flop! ๐ŸŽ‰

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(Credit: NASA Space Flight)

And then it attempted to land. It was doing really great until it hit the ground and boom.

The SN8 exploded. ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Despite an explosion, the SN8 mission was crazy successful! History has been made yet again. I'm still so blown away by the engineering feats that were accomplished this launch.

SpaceX already has several more Starship prototypes in production.

They build, test, iterate, and then repeat.

Seeing how transparent they are and how they embrace failure as a learning opportunity is so admirable to me. I hope to instill the "build, test, iterate" philosophy in my life more.

As December is the month I've entered build mode.

It's important to remember to build fast but intentionally and then iterate.

Huge shoutout to the SpaceX team for the incredible launch and for all they do to further space exploration + as thought leaders for making the impossible possible.

One other key takeaway I had from an experience today was the difference between time and attention.

This came from my weekly accelerate meeting at TKS.

We discussed our takeaways from an article we were assigned and the biggest thing I took away from the discussion was to be intentional about where my attention is.

I always say how the way we spend our time is really important. However, I'd shift that statement to where we put our attention during the time we have.

The key difference between putting time and attention into something is that time is about the amount or quantity put into something and attention is about the intention + quality put into it.

You could be having lots of meetings with people and thinking about what you want to say while the other person is talking but think that you're making a lot of progress for having so many meetings. (Time)

Or you could be intentional about listening + creating unique insights and actions to take out of those meetings. (Attention)

Realizing this today I am going to be more intentional about being aware of where I focus my energy/attention and if I'm making the most out of experiences/things I choose to do.

If I catch myself doing something mindlessly or just because I think it's the right thing. I need to use that as a trigger to figure out how I could make the most out of it if it makes sense to what I care about and my goals. Or I need to stop doing it.

Gratitude + good list

  • Homemade sushi from Katy <3 ๐Ÿฃ
  • My support system (family, friends, mentors)!
  • Music ๐ŸŽง

Your friendly neighborhood: Starship supporter

- Astro Girl ๐Ÿ’œ

Written by @astro_adara in December 2020.