Entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX shares with TED curator Chris Anderson his visionary projects, including a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.
I've not been aware of Elon Musk until today. He sounds like a smart guy, and I hope he can be successful with his new projects.
I was amazed to hear that only 0.3% of the cost of rocketry is the fuel. No wonder he's developing reusable rockets.
Here's some further data for you - an interview with Elon Musk on CBS News' 60 Minutes:
Love it! The guy is inspirational. And, seems very smart. I'll be rooting for him!
He also proposed a vacuum electrically levitated train from San Diego to San Francisco in leau of the high speed rail currently being pushed.
Here's an article about a 4000mph train invention.
lon Musk’s train will use suction power to speed from London to Beijing in 2 hours
High speed transportation that can send you from London to Beijing in just two hours. It sounds like something fictional you’d only see in an advert for super-fast broadband. But self-made billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk believes it could be possible. According to Musk, the technology would involve sending a passenger pod through a giant vacuum tube at speeds of up to 4000 miles per hour, he calls it The Hyperloop. In theory, this vacuum tube combined with the magnetic technology currently utilised on bullet trains eliminates friction, wind resistance or even a chance of collision. To top it all the Hyperloop intends to use solar energy too, making it more environmentally friendly than flying.
As expected with all new inventions, there are always teething problems that require ironing out. The prospect of something going wrong at 4000 miles an hour might limit the number of human volunteers for testing. Claustrophobic passengers should bear in mind that any technical issues may render you stuck inside a tube buried underground. Which is pretty scary, nevermind the other risks of terrorism and earthquakes.
According to Forbes, South African-born Elon Musk is worth $2.7 billion and was a co-founder of PayPal which he sold for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk is also responsible for the Tesla electric car and went to verbal war with a New York Times reporter who criticised its performance. So, if anyone’s likely to make the Hyperloop, it might well be him – hyperspeed vacuum travel probably has a hefty price tag.
" 4000mph train invention." Yee Gads! I can't even imagine such a trip.
Why doesn't he put his mind to a little solar car, just big enough for two people and a load of groceries, that a little, old, retired school marm could afford?!
I live in Silicon Valley, and let me tell you, it's hard to look around and not see things Musk has had a hand in. Also, my desire to own a locally built car is unbelievable. I've seen a few Tesla Model S around town and I drool every time. Such a nerd car. ;)
Sarah, it sounds perfect! OOPPSS $70,000 isn't so perfect! Just a little, tiny, cheap car. That is all I want.
Yeah, the price tag is not great, but I would never, ever, ever, buy a new car either. I'll gladly wait until I can buy used at a more reasonable price. :)
NASA is pleased with the success of SpaceX, despite failure of the 7th resupply mission:
“SpaceX has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first six cargo resupply missions to the station, and we know they can replicate that success. We will work with and support SpaceX to assess what happened, understand the specifics of the failure and correct it to move forward. This is a reminder that spaceflight is an incredible challenge, but we learn from each success and each setback. Today's launch attempt will not deter us from our ambitious human spaceflight program.”
If all went to plan Idaho space x falcon 9 blasted off from Cape Canaveral this morning. It's docking at the ISS around 7 am on Tuesday morning. Live coverage of the robotic arm on the ISS grabbing space x's dragon rocket starts at 5/30 am. http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
As you all undoubtedly know by now, the rocket exploded, destroying food, equipment, and science intrument/experiments. Fortunately, no lives were lost.