Elon Musk
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"Elon Reeve Musk" is a South Africa-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity. He is the Entrepreneurship/founder of SpaceX and a Startup company#Co-founders/cofounder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and Zip2. He has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop.

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I don't want to say specific numbers. But I've certainly spent more than I expected to spend.

Is analogous to building part of an airplane in a factory and part of the airplane on the runway. You can imagine that's a pretty expensive way to split the construction so the fact that we can just do the entire integrated rocket, transport it as a single unit, that definitely reduces costs.

[What Space X ultimately contributes to space travel might please the government in other ways.] One of the significant innovations of Falcon V is that because it's got five engines on the main stage, it can actually lose an engine and reach orbit safely, ... If the space shuttle were to lose one of its solid rocket boosters the people on the shuttle would be doomed.

The Internet; changing the energy cycle from petroleum-based to solar-electric; and moving into space.

That are happy to sign up as soon as they see a launch that works.

We're developing two engines. These are state-of-the-art, world-class, world-beating engines. These are not just sort of ho-hum engines.

The way it's looking right now, our engine might be one percent below our specifications, but still be the best engine ever done. We prefer not to...but it looks like we may be one percent low.

I'm very pro-environment, but let's figure out how to do it better and not jump through a dozen hoops to achieve what is obvious in the first place. There should be a categorical exclusion [for Falcon] just like airplanes that use non-toxic propellants. That would be a huge improvement.