Elon Musk and SpaceX

Elon Musk believes he could make a journey to Mars just seven years from now. He recently claimed there is a 70% likelihood he will make it to Mars on one of his spacecrafts. Even if it means “a good chance of death” Elon told Axios on HBO [1].

Elon Reeve Musk is a technology entrepreneur and engineer. Born and raised in South Africa, Musk moved to Canada when he was 17 to attend Queen’s University. Two years later, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an economics degree from the Wharton School and a degree in physics from the College of Arts and Sciences. A few years later he began a Ph.D. in applied physics and material sciences at Stanford University but dropped out after two days to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

After dropping of school he co-founded Zip2, which was acquired by Compaq for $340 millions in 1999. He then founded an online bank called x.com, which later merged with Confinity in 2000 and became PayPal. Elon is the co-founder of Neuralink, a neurotechnology company focused on developing brain computer interfaces, and he also co-founded OpenAI, a nonprofit research company that aims to promote friendly artificial intelligence.

Elon helped to fund Tesla and became their CEO in 2003 where he inspired the creation of SolarCity, a solar energy services company that is a subsidiary of Tesla. He is also founder of The Boring Company, an infrastructure and tunnel-construction company. Last but not least he founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company.

Musk has stated that his goals of SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity revolve around his vision to change the world and it include reducing global warming, and reducing the risk of human extinction by establishing a human colony on Mars [2].

To be able to bring people to Mars, SpaceX has developed Falcon 9, a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured to transport satellites and a spacecraft into the orbit. SpaceX has made Falcon 9 reusable and believes this rocket is a needed breakthrough to reduce the cost of reaching space and to enable people to live on other planets.

Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon, a free-flying spacecraft designed to deliver both cargo and people to orbiting destinations, into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station. Since then Falcon 9 has made frequent trips to space, delivering satellites to orbit as well as delivering and returning cargo from the space station for NASA. Falcon 9, along with the Dragon spacecraft, was designed from the outset to deliver humans into space and under an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is actively working toward this goal [3].

[1] Independent Link [2] Wikepedia Link [3] SpaceX Link

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