Turkish engineer Bülent Altan, who worked on the first rocket Falcon-1 project launched by SpaceX, directed by Elon Musk, said that they were starved and driven to revolt on the island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Altan stated that they felt like slaves on the island.
The book titled “Liftoff” (Takeoff), which describes the early days of SpaceX, a newly launched space technology company owned by US entrepreneur Elon Musk, contains information about how engineers were forced by Musk to succeed.
According to the book by Eric Berger, Bulent Altan, who is among the engineers working for the Falcon-1 rocket and the construction of the launch pad on the small island of Omelek in the Pacific Ocean, said: .
According to the report of Razi Canikligl in Hürriyet, it was stated in the book that the logistics was very poor during the first year on the island and the delivery of food needs was generally delayed. In addition to Altan, the experiences of other engineers were also included in the book.
It was stated that one day in the autumn of 2005, engineers and workers rebelled and started a strike, and after sitting like ‘wild animals’ waiting for food on the island for a while, they bought frozen chicken wings and cigarettes thrown from the plane that could not land on the island.
The book also includes information that the Falcon-1 rocket caught fire and crashed into the ocean during the first launch attempt, and reached space for the first time in March 2007.
It is also stated that after the successful completion of its third flight, employees in Omelek now have a well-stocked kitchen to cook and a refrigerated sea van with unlimited drinks.