Gwynne Shotwell Quotes


There was a lot of risk taken in the Mercury and Apollo eras and we don't take those risks anymore. We've designed the systems to eliminate risk which makes it take forever and cost too much money.

An important skill for all SpaceXers is the ability to accept critical feedback. This is key to anyone's growth and becoming better at what they do.

I left Aerospace because I wanted to go build and put spacecraft together.

After I finished my master's degree I moved to a company called Aerospace Corporation a big think tank for the U.S. Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office.

What would air travel look like if airplanes were thrown out after each flight? No one would be flying in airplanes.

I'd love to go to space. I would love to peek out a giant window and look back at the blue marble. There's no question; I'd love to do that.

I remember in third grade I asked my mom 'How does an engine work?' So my mom bought me a book.

I saw what government programs were and how they were executed. In some cases they were executed beautifully but in others there was tremendous waste.

If you're not looking toward the future or trying to improve the current technology you'll be left behind.

From my perspective it's really risk management to ensure that humans have the ability to go somewhere else in case there were to be some huge disaster on Earth.

Consolidating to the point of monopoly has never served the consumer - ever.

The key is to join an industry that you have a passion for. If you love cars then automotive is where you should end up.

I always encourage employees to feel free to raise any issues that prevent them from getting good work done.

For whatever reason college was just not a huge focus for me. I wasn't planning ahead. I just didn't think about it too much.