Our buds over at Translogic recently interviewed one of the most influential and passionate individuals of our time, Elon Musk. Translogic spoke with Musk about many things, but this first interview focuses solely on SpaceX (a video about Tesla Motors should be coming soon). If you haven't heard much about Musk's aerospace outfit, it is equally, if not more, innovative than Tesla.

According to Translogic, SpaceX "boldly seeks to make good on the promise of NASA's defunct Space Shuttle program by bringing down the cost of space transportation." If there's one person that we'd be willing to bet would boldly go where no man has gone before, it's Elon Musk, who also has Mars on the brain. Will SpaceX make it there? Who knows, but Musk's extra-planetary attempts should prove fun to watch. Hit the jump to check out Translogic 76: Elon Musk Interview, SpaceX, and don't forget about Translogic's impressive archive of transportation videos.


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      Larz Larzen
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should stop trying to hit the home run and work on the moon base first. There's water on the moon, there is abundant solar energy available, and it's the perfect jump-off point t to Mars. Direct Earth to Mars, Mars to Earth doesn't make sense. Logistics always comes first. To get somewhere, and stay there, you need stages.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Larz Larzen
        Well said, Larz. However, even better would be a large spinning space station/space colony. Dropping in and out of the moon's gravity well would still use a lot of energy compared to simply starting in space. Or you could use a linear accelerator to to fling objects out of the moon's gravity.
      sirvixisvexed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Elon does such good justice about the private sector.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      God bless Elon Musk. He's actually putting his money to great causes and sets the bar high, instead of collecting yachts and Ferraris. I wish more of our billionnaires had his talent, drive and vision.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      btw his point of gov vs private sector is bs. the space program is already entirely private sector. it's just the comfortable and corrupt kind. and then some.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Humanity will eventually die out from drought, famine, nuclear war, or a meteor strike. Creating outposts in space or on other planets is our species' only viable long-term survival strategy. We can no longer rely on a nonexistent god to save us. May we get our priorities in order.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      he's not afraid to deal with big things, gotta hand him that. setting up a company like that where everything is top dollar is a mental barrier for most. sure it helps to be wealthy but for rocketry his money was not that big. I wonder how much investment he got elsewhere. as for going to mars, that's like the hydrogen fuel cell car, it's just 10-15 years away, forever. but increase the certainty by a factor 10. and like hydrogen it could be done today, even affordably, it's just not going to happen for a couple of reasons. first but not foremost, it's quite expensive. if the knuckle draggers at nasa do it it will be insanely expensive. nothing compared to the wars but still. then there is the why. roughly speaking it serves zero real purpose other than momentary coolness. then there is the cowardice due to risk of dying on a foreign planet. many astronauts would take the risk, but politicians.. and then there is the real reason. that there is more going on in space than we are told. a lot more. a long mission to mars with live HD video will probably be too high a risk of exposure to the bastards who keep the secrets. it'll be interesting what Elon will do if he should ever be confronted with demands for secrecy. will he be part of the betrayal like Bill Clinton and start drinking or will he be defiant.
        Grendal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Dan I have to agree with your point that visiting Mars, at this point, is a waste of time and money. We did that before with the moon and it got boring for people quickly. It's much more important right now to create industry in space. Elon has the vision to do such a thing. There is vast amounts of energy and raw materials to be had by humanity focusing on the areas of space we can exploit realistically. The conspiracy points you mentioned we've discussed before and I vehemently disagree with you there.
          Grendal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          Dan - still disagree. I'm just north of Roswell, New Mexico that has a big UFO party every year. 1500 years ago almost all people believed the sun revolved around the Earth. They had lots of evidence to prove them right. Were they right? Nope. Where is your evidence? Why aren't the aliens talking to us? What is their motivation for not talking to us? Why do some people meet them, in hiding, yet they still do not openly meet with the general population? Most UFO people have elaborate reasons why aliens are among us but in hiding. None of their answers make any sense. They are always very human reasons and with human motivations. I realize you believe you are an expert in these areas and I won't try and convince you to any greater extent. Though I have quite a bit of experince myself having been involved with Contact: Cultures of the Imagination. This is a think tank program that brings Science Fiction writers and Scientists from lots of fields together to envision human/alien contact situations. You can Google it to see the details but it's been going on for over 20 years. Are there aliens out there in the vast universe? Sure, the universe is too vast not to have created other forms of life. Are they interacting with humans? It's so unlikely that I have no choice but to say no. Humans, and I include myself, have a vast ability to create "stories" to amuse our minds and entertain ourselves. That, to me, is much more likely for the UFO movement than actual aliens. Again, sorry for the speech.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Grendal
          you may disagree but that's not based on research. you merely can't believe it can be true because it is rich in implication. I on the other hand have looked into it a great deal and the evidence is quite overwhelming. it's a phenomenon in itself how massive the number of contacts is, worldwide, speaking to a consistent phenomenon that is fairly sharply different from scifi themes. however impossible it is to accept, it does appear to be real with some certainty. even if we pretend it isn't true, what we should do in space exploration is cease almost all rocket activity and focus all effort on finding an alternative to rocketry, likely some kind of gravity control propulsion. rocketry has no real potential and will always be prohibitively expensive.
      porosavuporo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Musk is a superhero, a real life ironman. He pretty much has earned the right to be as arrogant as he is, TBH you cant get to where he is without a good amount of arrogance in the first place. Tesla may or may not be financially viable long term, but it has served its purpose, EVs are here to stay this time and Tesla gave this a big impulse. They did not invent EVs, they did not even produce the first mass market EVs, they just made them sexy in the mass consciousness. Everything that has happened around Tesla, the controversies, the lawsuits, the IPO etc have actually helped in that regard. Musk knows how to stay in the news, and staying in the news is a very big part of being viable in the areas he is playing in. SpaceX is probably trying to to do too much at once, and its probably biting them already in some ways, but you cant blame the guys for lack of ambition. And regardless of what comes in future, they have already changed the world.
      viatierra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geez, when Elon doesn't stutter I get chills hearing about the vision and various technical bits.
      Michael Walsh
      • 3 Years Ago
      And this has to do with green motor vehicular transportation how?
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Going to mars? Hubris. I think he'll be lucky if Tesla manages to not go bankrupt. The history of new car companies in the US is a long string failures. It has been many decades since a new car company succeeded. Tesla is a money-losing high-risk gamble. But I hope he can prove my skepticism wrong.
        Markus Roder
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        You understand that Tesla and SpaceX are two different companies?
        Nick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        You might be right, Tesla IS a gamble, but a gamble worth gambling. If no one succeeded before, does it mean it's impossible? And therefore no one should try? This kind of weak "it's impossible!" attitude would bring us back to the stone age.
      Ziv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Musk is a pretty impressive businessman, but his ego does tend to get him into lawsuits he would have better off avoiding. But Spacex looks like it may end up changing how we approach space. He is building better rockets than the US or Europe has had to date, and doing it cheaper than anyone thought possible. Now that Russia has backed off from their objections to Spacex docking with the ISS, Spacex could be delivering freight sooner than anyone would have predicted. Tesla will have a tougher row to hoe. Spacex is competing with government agencies while Tesla is competing with some of the best managed corporations in the world. And the odd thing about the automakers is that their management teams can go from horrible to impressive, or vice versa, in less than a decade. Interesting days.
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