This story is a prime example of culture and why it takes time to reconcile opposed ways of working.  NASA, cautious and bureaucratic, and SpaceX, entrepreneurial and bold, required years of working together in the trenches to iron out their differences.  The first commercial passenger flight to the International Space Station wouldn’t have happened had not Boeing, NASA’s preferred contractor, not run into trouble.  Employee communications, newsletters, town halls and meetings meant little in the end.  It took teams of engineers meeting, hashing out disagreements, giving a little, taking a little, finding a path forward.  SpaceX today is a mature manufacturer and launcher of powerful rockets that take man into space and soon, to the moon with an eye toward Mars.  It has won its spurs and is a vital part of America’s space program, but it wouldn’t have gotten there had not two cultures found ways to work effectively.

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