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Meet Gwynne Shotwell, Risk Taker Behind SpaceX

Elon Musk creates new ideas and she juggles them into a sustainable business.


We all know about SpaceX as it is so popular Aerospace Company in the world with Elon Musk as the founder. Whenever the name of SpaceX comes then we think of Elon Musk but there is one other personality also which is responsible for the successful venture. Gwynne Shotwell is the risktaker of SpaceX and she is one who moulds the ideas of Elon Musk into the profitable business. SpaceX is now booming with great projects and profits. Gwynne Shotwell is the chief operating officer of SpaceX and handles the workforce of 6000 people.

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Elon Musk creates new ideas and she juggles them into a sustainable business and sees the risks associated with it. Now they all are thinking to launch a new project which will provide cheaper internet to people. They are working on to make different satellites for the same purpose. This will cost them around $10 billion do. “Either of these developments, even when attempted separately, have bankrupted other organizations,” SpaceX said in a statement when the job cuts were announced.

Matt Desch who is the chief executive of satellite firm Iridium said: “while Musk can be seen as the risk-taker-in-chief at SpaceX, Shotwell is its key to success.” She puts people in place at launch time; she makes the tough business calls; and when Musk spurs controversy, “she’s the cleanup,” Desch said. “That’s one of her strengths,” Desch added. “She’s adept at managing a very high-profile boss.”

Shotwell always manages all the projects like when SpaceX was about to launch their Falcon Heavy Rocket then Musk said maybe it will explode in space. “People [came] from all around the world, to see what will either be a great rocket launch or the best fireworks display they’ve ever seen.” Shotwell is always sure about the plans of SpaceX and displays it confidently.