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March 19, 2013

Elon Musk Discusses His Numerous Ventures




 Elon Musk
SpaceX and Tesla Motor's Elon Musk recently sat down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.
Elon Musk recently sat down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company and a fully reusable rocket.

Musk is the chief designer for SpaceX, overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets.

In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft won the NASA contract to provide a commercial replacement for the cargo transport function of the space shuttle.


SpaceX Dragon Capsule

In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to dock with the International Space Station and return cargo to Earth with the Dragon.


Tesla Model S

At Tesla Motors, Musk has overseen product development and design from the beginning, including the all-electric Tesla Roadster, Model S and Model X, and overseeing the rollout of Supercharger stations to keep the cars juiced up. (Some of the charging stations use solar energy systems from SolarCity, of which Musk is the non-executive chair.)

SolarCiy


Transitioning to a sustainable energy economy, in which electric vehicles play a pivotal role, has been one of his central interests for almost two decades.

Along with Peter Thiel, he also co-founded PayPal and served as the company's chair and CEO.


SOURCE  TED

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