Elon Musk, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors

May and June are very significant months for Elon Musk. In case you don’t know who Elon Musk is, he is the co-founder, chairman, product architect, and CEO of Tesla Motors. He is also the CEO and CTO of SpaceX.

 

Last month SpaceX managed to launch the first commercial space vehicle. Since the demise of the Shuttle Program, Russian supply craft were the only means of getting supplies and crews on and off the Space Station.On May 25th the SpaceX Dragon space craft successful docked with the International Space Station – inaugurating the era of commercial space transport.

 

And if that were not enough, Tesla Motors is scheduled to start delivery of the Tesla Model S on June 22. The Model S is as ground breaking and important for pure electric cars as the Dragon space craft is for commercial space transport. Tesla first car, the Roadster, was a great example of what a total electric car could be, but at slightly over $100, 000, was beyond the reach of the average person. The Model S on the other hand is a totally different story. It will be produced as three standard models with a price/range varying from $49,900/160 miles to $69,900/300 miles. There are also premium models costing up to $97,900. Unlike the Roadster, the Model S is a 4-door sedan. The Model S is beautiful and besides the great range and prices will also have great performance.  We can’t wait to review the Model S.

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  1. This has huge political imcpnlatiois. Especially for something as big of a financial powerhouse as a space exploration corporation, I think we actually have to be careful here. When something (or in this case, an entire industry) goes from government-owned to private, it also goes from strictly regulated to less regulated. If Obama didn’t want Curiosity to go to Mars, he could’ve just told NASA and they’d stop. He’d have a lot more trouble convincing a private company doing something for personal profit to not do it.Private military corporations (PMCs) come to mind they’re the epitome of impending anarchy if you ask me.Not to be such a Debbie Downer, but I just think our society should proceed carefully here. On the other hand, though, I do think all that science fiction stuff about routine, commonplace trips to the moon and Mars in the future would prosper under privatization of space exploration as long as the industry is well regulated by the government.Who knows, maybe someday I’ll look back at this post from my condo on Mars and think I was insane.

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