Aviation Week reports that SpaceX and other commercial companies have "hired experienced shuttle engineers away from NASA to help with the new vehicles being developed under the agency’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) seed-money effort."
Space Exploration Technologies Inc. (SpaceX) and other companies developing commercial crew transportation for the International Space Station (ISS) are applying the hard-won lessons of the space shuttle era as they develop their new vehicles, according to John Shannon, NASA’s last shuttle program manager ...
"I’m very saddened, but I feel very comfortable," Shannon told the 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC). "I’ve lost three of my most senior shuttle people that were in the program, that I would trust doing anything, to commercial companies."
Shannon said that SpaceX has "a very hungry attitude in that they want to have problems that they can go correct and make the system more robust."