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SpaceX once left its rocket engineers on an island without food,leading them to mutiny, according to a new book

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Old March 2nd 21, 07:29 PM posted to sci.space.policy
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Default SpaceX once left its rocket engineers on an island without food,leading them to mutiny, according to a new book

Such a kind boss.

"SpaceX engineers were living and working on Omelek, part of the Marshall
Islands' Kwajalein Atoll, because that's the spot the company chose to
escape the US Air Force. The Air Force had indefinitely delayed the
company's efforts to launch from California. But the US Army, which
oversaw the atoll, was friendlier to SpaceX's plans. Being close to the
equator also made it easier to reach orbit.

However, during that first year on the island, Berger writes, "logistics were
poor." Supply deliveries were often delayed, and the workers sometimes
went without food.

So one day in the fall of 2005, tensions boiled over into mutiny. The
employees went on strike to force an emergency supply drop, and were
eventually quelled with chicken wings and cigarettes."




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