We are committed to the great philosophical goal, though we do business. If we will build a company that will help a person to become an interplanetary view - this is equivalent to finding the Holy Grail. But if we create something that will be able to deliver the human and equipment to Mars, I will assume the task of SpaceX performed. At least at this stage. Blockquote>
The first major development was the project SpaceX rocket Falcon 1. The construction took about four years and hundreds of millions of dollars of private investment. The result is a missile, and with it the three types of liquid engines - Merlin, Kestrel, and Draco.
In 2008, SpaceX became interested in developments in NASA. This state space agency signed a contract with the Musk in the amount of $ 1, 6 billion. 12 starts and Falcon spaceship Dragon.
The first three Falcon 1 launch in the period from 2006 to 2008 have not been successful. But on the fourth attempt, the rocket was launched, and the fifth - was successfully put into orbit cargo and fulfilled its mission. As later expressed Musk, SpaceX future depended on the outcome of the missile launch.
The Falcon 9 was used to launch the private cargo spacecraft Dragon in the program supply the International Space Station. Ship in the long term should accommodate crew of seven astronauts.
On the Falcon 9 rocket test region, 2010. i>
In 2015, held another successful launch of the carrier rocket Falcon 9 - the satellite successfully reached orbit. But gently put the first stage failed, she landed too hard on a special platform and part of the equipment seriously damaged.
Max remembered his dream to fly to Mars. And in 2012, the head of SpaceX announced plans to study and colonize the Red Planet. He intended first to land on Mars a small number of people (10-15) and a large amount of payload (up to 100 tons). Later, according to his calculations, the colony could be expanded to 80 thousand people. According to the businessman, the study of Mars would put a price on transport missions to the planet at the level of $ 500 thousand. Of course, Musk acknowledged that first interplanetary flights will be carried out not very often because of their high cost. But over time, the situation should change. To do this, SpaceX began to carry out the project development Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) - a system which did not exist before. Led by Musk SpaceX engineers are working on innovative rocket engines and spacecraft to transport people from Earth to Mars. Presentation MCT scheduled for late 2015 at the same time with the system, and Musk intends to present new spacesuit from SpaceH. CEO promises that "suit" is not only functional, but also very modern in design.
According to billionaire possibility of life on other planets serve as protection from the threat of human extinction as a species.
The asteroid or a super volcano is able to destroy us, we are confronted with the risk that the dinosaurs did not dream: some crazy virus - the fruit of Bioengineering, accidentally created a micro black hole, catastrophic global warming or yet unknown technology. All of this could mean the end for us. Mankind has evolved over millions of years, but over the past sixty years to create a nuclear weapon is a threat to a complete self-destruction. Sooner or later, we need to extend life beyond our world. Otherwise, we are threatened with extinction. blockquote>
According to the mask, after 10-20 years of science fiction could become a reality. "I would like to die on Mars. But it did not break the surface of the planet "- joking billionaire i>
Hyperloop - transport of the future h4>
In 2012, Musk announced another project - a high-speed vactrain Hyperloop (loop time). He presented his idea as the fifth mode of transport, most high-speed and cheap.
Hyperloop was conceived as situated on supports above ground pipeline, inside which at a speed of 480 to 1220 km / h every 30 seconds in one direction moves the single transport capsule. Suggests two possibilities: the passenger with an inner diameter of 2 to 23 m, the cross section of the capsule 1, 35 m x 1 m 1 accommodating two series of seats 14 in each seat; passenger and cargo with an inner diameter of the pipe 3, 3 m.
Project Hyperloop i>
Capsule should move with a linear motor. For this purpose involves obtaining energy by means of solar panels. They have to produce 57 MW system needs only 21 MW. Musk promises passengers an unprecedented level of security. In case of emergencies in the nose of the capsule behind the fan was electric compressor, which was to accumulate on-board compressed air during depressurization. Also housed in the stern 1, 5 tons of batteries, a charge which will last for 45 minutes. This time is enough to get to the nearest station during power failure.
In January 2015 Musk announced its intention to build a special test track for Hyperloop. According to preliminary information, the project will be implemented in Texas.
Artificial Intelligence Security h4>
Musk is actively interested in the theme of the development of artificial intelligence. As someone who grew up on science fiction, he fears repetition of the fantastic stories with the uprising of machines and the like.
In 2014, the billionaire has invested $ 40 million. The company Vicarious FPC, which is engaged in the development of artificial intelligence. The founders of the project plan to copy the cortex responsible for sensory perception, thinking, motor skills, speech - and convert all the code.
Musk has sent $ 10 million to the institute engaged in research on the safety of the future. And he wrote a letter for the scientists, which describes in detail what they have to do, how to dispose of the money, and what goals they are facing. Musk is trying to keep a finger on the pulse.
By the way, the comparison with Elon Musk "Iron Man" Tony Stark is really remarkable. In addition to the thirst for revolutionary inventions, the two characters have much in common and characteristics. The two American engineers billionaire, who followed in the footsteps of their fathers. Mask as Stark's research interest in the field of engineering, new technologies, space. Even the growth and physique they coincide ...