The successful launch of SpaceX’s flagship Falcon Heavy rocket on February 6, 2018, opened a new page in the history of man’s conquering space. This event proved once again that the projects of the businessman and inventor Elon Musk are becoming a reality despite criticism. Today we look at the 5 largest projects of a charismatic genius, bordering fiction.
According to the Musk’s statements, SpaceX is his main child and the company on which he pins high hopes. Today, SpaceX is the largest private launch vehicle developer and commercial space travel operator. At one of the conferences, Elon Musk briefly and succinctly described the main goal of the company — to make humanity an “interplanetary species”.
The first launch of the Falcon 1 rocket in 2006 turned into an accident. Despite this failure, SpaceX won the NASA competition and received a grand in the amount of $ 396 million to create the Falcon-9 launch vehicle and the reusable Dragon unmanned transport spacecraft. Both developments turned out to be a success and made SpaceX one of the world leaders in the space segment. Musk plans to send cargo spacecraft to Mars in the next four years, and the first expedition to the Red Planet in 2024.
Elon Musk is a big fan of the Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla. That is why he called his production of electric vehicles and solutions for storing electricity company in his honor. Tesla is the most well-known and public Musk’s project, which has managed to become the world leader in the production of electric vehicles for 15 years since its foundation. The company, which has produced three hundred thousand cars, was able to reach a turnover of 29 billion dollars and overtake the majority of the world’s automakers.
Musk believes that the electric future is just around the corner. According to him, most of the cars will drive on batteries soon, factories will start working on solar energy and humanity will finally be able to get off the “oil needle”. When Tesla presented its first electric car in 2006, many people were very controversial about this product. Today, most large companies rely on the fleet of electric vehicles.
In 2013, Elon Musk proposed the idea of creating a fifth type of transport along with trains, cars, airplanes and sea vessels. According to him, it should be something between a supersonic “Concorde” plane, a rail gun and an air hockey. The project was named “Hyperloop”. Hyperloop is a concept of a supersonic train that will move on a magnetic thrust through specially equipped vacuum tunnels.
Musk said that the new type of transport will be two times faster than the plane and four times faster than the modern high-speed train. According to Novate.ru, the travel time from Los Angeles to San Francisco (about 550 kilometers) will be no more than half an hour. This type of transport will not be subject to accidents, weather conditions and traffic jams. Trains will go at regular intervals as in the subway. Unfortunately, the project hasn’t yet been fully implemented. To date, polygons have been built in the Hawthorne and Las Vegas. The maximum speed reached by train is limited to 457 km / h, which in any case is much higher than the current ground transportation has.
Elon Musk is a permanent member of the club of alarmists. The businessman has stated repeatedly that he can’t get rid of the disturbing thoughts that artificial intelligence is a great danger to humanity in the future. Nevertheless, in 2017 it became known that Musk conducts no less strange developments. A year earlier, he secretly created a project called “Neuralink”, which plans to engage in the creation of implantable neuron computer interfaces.
The goal of the project is to develop an environment that will connect directly the human body and the computer. The initial mission of the company was to create devices for the treatment of brain diseases: epilepsy, depression, etc. However, the Neuralink project later switched to much larger tasks. Musk wants to develop a technology that will allow people to control computers mentally, that is, to create some kind of telepathic system. The project is conducted in great secrecy, so there is very little information about it.
The boring company
As planned, huge elevators will lower cars into the system of underground tunnels, where they can move at high speed without traffic lights and traffic jams. On December 19, 2018, The Boring Company officially opened the first tunnel near Los Angeles, through which Mask personally drove a Tesla electric car. Later he declared that any cars and even public transport could move along the underground line, it is enough to equip the vehicle with special side wheels.