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Foust Forward | Curb your enthusiasm: Star-struck SpaceX fans are in a league of their own

24 Oct 2019, 12:29 UTC
Foust Forward | Curb your enthusiasm: Star-struck SpaceX fans are in a league of their own
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There are fans of SpaceX, and then there are fans of SpaceX. JB Wagoner is in the latter category.
Wagoner flew from California to Texas to try to attend Elon Musk’s Sept. 28 update on Starship development at SpaceX’s test site near Brownsville. Unable to get an invitation, he instead watched the webcast, he told Business Insider. The next day, he settled for a consolation prize: he went to SpaceX’s launch pad at Boca Chica Beach, walked up to the Starhopper prototype vehicle there and took some pictures — and, soon thereafter, was arrested for trespassing. (He argues a fence around the site was down and he couldn’t see any “No Trespassing” signs.)
This incident may be an extreme case, but one not out of character for the legion of hardcore supporters of SpaceX and Musk. The company and its founder have attracted people, many of whom are outside the space industry, who are zealous supporters and staunch defenders of whatever SpaceX does, a following unlike that of any other company or organization in the industry.
The most infamous example of this was three years ago, when Musk unveiled what was then called the Interplanetary Transport System at the International ...

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