The first space race pitted nations against each other, as the U.S. and Soviet Union played a galactic game of one-upmanship. The playing field for the 21st century edition looks similar, but has decidedly different competitors, with billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos battling to create innovative and cost-efficient ways to access the stars.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is the most innovative tech leader in the world, with Apple head Tim Cook earning the top score among U.S.-based respondents, according to a recent survey of 800 executives around the world. Global tech industry leaders identified Musk as the most innovative leader of a tech company in the new report out from audit firm KPMG.
SpaceX recently announced that two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon in what would mark the farthest humans have ever traveled to deep space since the 1970s. In a sector where entrepreneurs often speak of "moonshots," Musk is one of the biggest dreamers.
The 12-foot-long vehicle, which looks like a cross between a NASCAR racer and a walking pill bug, will be strapped onto an accelerator and thrown down a mile-long vacuum tube at speeds that will top out over 200 mph, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. A complex propulsion system that was built on campus will use an array of magnets to levitate the vehicle and keep it from losing speed. And at the end of the run, its brakes and a set of Goodyear tires will bring it to a stop, one mile and about 30 seconds after the trip began.
Mars is the future. It’s after all NASA’s current overarching goal to send humans to the Red Planet. But even as early as the 1950s, aerospace engineer Wernher von Braun had published his vision of a mission to Mars in his book The Mars Project. We’ve also heard visions of settling the Red Planet under the leadership of a private organisation before. So why does Elon Musk get so much attention? And how feasible are his ideas?
SpaceX successfully tested its Raptor interplanetary drive prototype this week, but that was only a hint of what SpaceX has planned. On Tuesday, founder Elon Musk took the stage at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to explain how SpaceX plans to make humanity a multi-planetary species. There are still some unanswered questions.
Elon Musk didn't reveal what the solar roof would be, only that it would be an integrated roof product. This would be sold to builders of new homes as well as for roof replacements. CEO Lyndon Rive said the product would focus on selling to installers of the 5 million new roofs put in each year in the U.S.
The all-electric, 5-door luxury Model S which, via its high performance, advanced technology and elegant styling, helped Tesla revolutionize the way the public and the auto industry itself view EVs. Tesla topped the U.S. electrified segment in 2015 with 25,245 sales and in this year’s first six months with about 13,540, according to WardsAuto estimates.
In the context of the recent Autopilot problem, Musk clarified why Tesla is deploying partial autonomy now, rather than waiting until some point in the future: “When used correctly, it is already significantly safer than a person driving by themselves and it would therefore be morally reprehensible to delay release simply for fear of bad press or some mercantile calculation of legal liability.
The core of our claim is that the convergence of enormous and continuous advances in computing power, the Internet of Things, broadband speeds, cloud computing, mobile applications, artificial intelligence, robotics and nanotechnology inevitably will unleash a broad range of new, disruptive products and services that none of us can foresee now.