Elon Musk CNBC Disruptor 50 Interview


Elon Musk On CNBC

Elon Musk On CNBC

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX too, recently sat down with CNBC for an interview mostly focused on SpaceX topping CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list for 2014.

Points of discussion include SpaceX, SolarCity and even Tesla Motors.

Here’s what CNBC says of Elon Musk and its selection to #1 of SpaceX on the Disruptor 50 list:

No one can ever accuse Elon Musk of thinking small. As co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, he reinvented the idea of the electric car and took the company public in 2010. Now, as founder and CEO of SpaceX, Musk’s company designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

SpaceX’s founding and continued success comes at a time when private companies are entering the space market, an endeavor long associated with—and controlled by—the government. The 3,000-employee company is flying cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. Its Dragon spacecraft was designed with the intention of carrying astronauts, and now, under a $440 million agreement with NASA, SpaceX is making modifications to make the Dragon crew-ready.

The company is also delivering satellites into space for commercial customers and has booked more than 50 additional cargo and satellite flights for paying customers through 2017. Musk’s plans for the future are even grander. The company is in the midst of developing the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket, according to the company. The hope: to someday take astronauts and other humans to a colony on Mars

Source: CNBC

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Building multiple Gigafactories at different locations is a fantastic idea. Kind of like having multiple hen coops for collecting eggs. If something happens to one coop the other coops are still producing eggs. Is there saying? “Best not to have all your hen’s in one coop.”


There’s a start-up company that has successfully completed its first small-scale test flight of a stratospheric balloon and capsule being developed to show tourists a space-like view of the Earth from 19 miles (30 km) above ground.

Couldn’t a balloon like that take a Shuttle like ship into the stratosphere and initiate a takeoff from there to establish orbit or even dock with the international space station? Wouldn’t that lower the cost of a booster rocket?


19 miles is only 1/5th of the way to the lowest extreme of LEO, and only a few percent of the way to where most satellites are. That’s just overcoming the gravitational energy; additionally, you need kinetic energy to go into orbit.

So launching from there would only save a few percent of fuel at most, and it’s virtually impossible to make a balloon big enough to carry any meaningful amount of rocket fuel.

There are some interesting possibilities at that altitude. One of them is the orbital balloon like described by JP Aerospace that slowly gains altitude up to LEO.
Another one, which I find more interesting, is the tethered balloon that serves as support for a maglev launch system. Contrary to conventional maglev launch that start from a mountain slope on the ground that need rocket propulsion afterwards, a maglev with the end of “rail” at 30 km altitude would be able to accelerate longer and most of all would end its rail trip in an almost air free zone which means you can increase the speed towards orbital velocity. This is actually one of the very few possibilities of a true full electric orbital launch system.

It all makes sense now. Elon was sent back from the future, to prevent Skynet from going live. 🙂

So the Tony Stark comparison is just a charade! He’s actually Kyle Reese!

Elon is Anunaki 🙂 Time to invest in Vicarious

good one!

Anunaki, yes! It all makes sense now!