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Thought Piece | SpaceX

SpaceX - a triumph of science (and statistics)

Author: Benedict Ireland

Topic: SpaceX
Date: 09.06.20

Last Saturday, Elon Musk’s SpaceX programme successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket and orbited their Crew Dragon capsule. This is a manned option in SpaceX’s arsenal which also includes Falcon 9 Heavy - a heavy payload ‘space freight’ transporter.
The story has been something that’s fascinated us in the office, and the statistics are phenomenal:

Falcon 9 rocket (which launched the capsule): $390m
NASA estimate to produce a similar rocket in 2011: $1.7-4bn

Cost per kg (Space Shuttle): $54,500
Cost per kg (Falcon 9): $2,720

What $90m buys you: 63,800 kg (27 Asian Elephants) to low-earth orbit
Falcon X Heavy: 16,900 kg (7 Asian Elephants) to Mars

Moore’s law states that the number of of transistors on a microchip can be expected to double every two years, so that we can expect the speed and capability of our computers to increase.

This got us thinking about some stats of our own:

Cera: Reporting time decreased from 20 days to 6.7 hours
Barclaycard: Served by finance calculator
Boots: pharmacy online access to 6,500 UK Pharmacists
  • Cera reporting times from 20 days to x 6.7 hours
  • 10M Customer served by our Barclaycard calculator
  • Boots pharmacy online access to 6,500 UK pharmacists
Taxly: Our Taxly app available to Circa 6M Swiss tax
SSE: 17% reduction in usage for Smart Energy customers
???: Number of developers to change a lightbulb?
  • Our Taxly app available to Circa 6M Swiss tax payers
  • SSE smart energy app trial customers saw a 17% reduction in energy usage
  • Number of developers to change a light bulb – 1 cross-functional sprint team