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Elon Musk: who is the eccentric billionaire behind the Space X space mission


He is also the founder of Tesla and PayPal. His objective: Mars.

05/30/2020 - 16:41

  • Clarí
  • Technology

South African Elon Musk, owner of the Space X company that sent the Dragon ship to the International Space Station together with NASA, is the physicist , entrepreneur and billionaire who is today at the forefront of space travel since, as he himself assures, in the future it will be possible "to be among the stars".

"You want to wake up in the morning and think that the future will be great, and that's what being a space civilization is all about. It's about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can't think of anything more exciting to go out and be among the stars, "says Musk about his" mission "in Space X, one of the companies he founded and which he runs alongside others like Tesla, Neuralink and The Boring Company.

As lead designer at SpaceX, Musk oversees the development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and with which he seeks to bring humans to Mars .

"In 2008, the SpaceX Falcon 1 was the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach orbit, and SpaceX made history in 2017 by re-flying a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft for the first time, " says the Space X site.

"Shortly thereafter, Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful operational rocket, completed its first flight in 2018. In 2019, Space X's crew-capable version of the Dragon spacecraft completed its first demonstration mission, " he adds.

Today, the company will fly with NASA astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time, that's why on his Twitter account Musk posted as a tweet posted on May 22: "Open your eyes, look up at the sky."

Among his founded projects is also PayPal, the online payment system that was a pioneer in the field. 

Elon Musk, May 27, when it was the original launch date. (AFP)

Open your eyes, look up to the skies

- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2020

Mars between the eyebrows: the Musk fixation

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, on the Space X flight. (AFP)

Building on these achievements, SpaceX is developing Starship, a fully reusable transport system that will take crew and cargo "to the Moon, Mars and beyond," said Musk, who boasts that his company "will be the first company. private in bringing humans "into outer space.

"SpaceX pursues the long-term goal of turning humans into a species of multiple planets by creating a self-sufficient city on Mars," the website states, and they state that "it is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that they will be the most powerful ever built, capable of transporting humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system. "

The Falcon 9 from Space X, launched in conjunction with NASA. (AP)

" Mars is one of the closest habitable neighbors on Earth. Mars is about half as far from the Sun as Earth, so it still has decent sunlight. It's a little cold, but we can warm it up. Its atmosphere is mainly CO2 with some nitrogen and argon and some other elements, which means that we can grow plants simply by compressing the atmosphere, "says the website.

Musk, who has a fortune of over 43,000 million dollars , which places him among the 20 richest people in the world according to Forbes magazine, in the company Tesla is in charge of product design, engineering and global manufacturing of electric vehicles. , battery products and solar energy products of the company.

Musk is also CEO of Neuralink, which is developing interfaces between brains and ultra-high-bandwidth machines to connect the human brain to computers, as detailed on the Tesla website.

It also launched The Boring Company, which combines fast and affordable tunnel technology with an all-electric public transportation system to ease urban congestion and enable high-speed, long-distance travel.

Tesla, the company founded by Musk, pioneer in cars with alternative energy. (EFE)

With information from Télam

Source: clarin

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