Elon Musk Is Innovating Change in Space and on Earth (2 of 2)

As if Elon Musk’s ongoing initiatives for manned Mars exploration and high-speed suborbital travel weren’t challenging enough, the PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX founder recently declared his intention to become involved in the construction of a “Hyperloop,” a proposed mode of passenger/freight transportation that had first been described in an open-source design released by a joint team from Tesla and SpaceX in August 2014. This long-distance, high-speed transportation system would send pressurized pods through near-vacuum tubes at speeds approaching that of sound.  Continue Reading…

Elon Musk Is Innovating Change in Space and on Earth (1 of 2)

In the first installment of a two-part blog series, we take a look at one of the most innovative minds in the world today: Elon Musk. The PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX polymath has been moving forward with visionary plans, including utilizing a revolutionary new rocket design both for interplanetary exploration and high-speed suborbital travel.

At the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia last week, Musk announced that SpaceX planned to send unmanned cargo ships to Mars by 2022 and human explorers by 2024 (Pulse, 10/3/17). This is going to be possible, according to Musk, by utilizing a new rocket, called the “BFR,” that is even larger than NASA’s Saturn V that carried astronauts to the Moon during the Apollo program. Furthermore, SpaceX is no longer going to put resources into its current line of Falcon 9 rockets (which are being used to carry satellites into orbit and to ferry cargo to the International Space Station) or its larger, next-generation Falcon Heavy (the Verge, 9/30/17). Instead, all resources will go into developing the new spacecraft, which will carry a payload of 150 tons and of which Musk reportedly hopes to begin construction “within the next six to nine months.” Continue Reading…