I had the most fascinating experience of touring the SpaceX rocket manufacturing facility in Hawthorne, California last evening! If you know someone there, you can get the tour [SpaceX workload dependent].
The Falcon rockets, satellite fairings, nose cones, and engines are all built there.
As you know, the rockets, engines and now the satellite fairings [via controllable steering parachutes]are reusable, landing back on earth on land or on sea.
Upon entering the facility, one of the first things I noticed was the transparency of all! And noticeable as the tour progressed, was the feeling of the lack of bureaucracy and the lack of what we call, "red tape".
Because it's a working facility, there are roped off areas that we could not inhabit, but all is open and quite transparent as the workers perform their magic.
The Merlin and Raptor engine assembly lines, where we were within 5 feet of the engines being assembled is amazing! The clean room area walls are transparent as we watched the technicians perform.
SpaceX rocket facility is the only company that assembles the entire rocket with engine, in the horizontal position.
The SpaceX tour is up close and personal in every way. When I say up close and personal, I'm referring not only from a spectators point of view, but to the workers situation as well.
I had the wonderful benefit of working for a small company during my years at Vandyland [Vandenberg Air Force Base], where we were all up close and personal within our working environment . Engineers, technicians, documentation, assembly, etc., all within physical reach and close interaction with each other. This is what exists within the exciting walls of SpaceX Hawthorne.
This concept is automatically a red tape reducer, as it's open to highly fast and efficient idea creation, sharing, and problem solving activities within multiple work groups. And, transparent........all techs and others have free access to any departments documentation. Along with that, suggestions and ideas are highly encouraged by all per Elon Musk. A parallel......per Mooney's beloved Bill Wheat, the suggestion and idea encouragement concept from any one on the Mooney factory floor [including janitors or others] was in place during the hey days of Mooney. I love it! Bureaucracy.......none of that at SpaceX.
Logic, common sense, efficiency are all part of the SpaceX concept. This allows them to create and produce space stuff at such a relatively low cost to their customer. If it exists and will work correctly, why reinvent it, they say. Yet, invent they do............reusable rockets, engines, fairings!
On a side note..........I swear I did not see any employee over 25 years of age. SpaceX rocket shop is a haven for young creative intelligent highly motivated and dedicated space geeks [girls and boys]! Incredibly inspirational this is!!
The world needs the creative likes of Musk, Branson, Bezos, etc. Musk.....who else would throw their sports car out in space? On to Mars SpaceX goes!