SpaceX – Preston Tucker meets Homer Hickam

I’m a fan of endeavors that take a decade of setbacks to become overnight successes.

From a Wall Street Journal article about Elon Musk and SpaceX:

By the fall 2008, Mr. Musk was reeling under additional pressure because his marriage had fallen apart, and he was facing a potentially drawn-out and acrimonious divorce. Tesla Motors, in which Mr. Musk had a controlling stake, was buffeted by financial problems and sucking up more of his time.

By that time, SpaceX was hemorrhaging money and its distraught founder felt increasingly hemmed in. “It was pretty tough slogging” from 2007 to 2009, Mr. Musk recalled in a 2010 interview, calling the period “the worst two years of my life.”

Chastened by the hostility and sometimes ridicule of many industry and government officials, Mr. Musk later acknowledged he contemplated abandoning the company.

What are the odds that Elon Musk’s favorite movies are Tucker and October Sky?