Posts Tagged ‘private enterprise’

TIME 100’s Elon Musk

Time Mag­a­zine has announced the Time 100 – their annu­al list of the most influ­en­tial peo­ple of the year.  It’s divid­ed into four main cat­e­gories:  Lead­ers, Heroes, Artists, and Thinkers.

One of those Thinkers is Elon Musk, co-founder of Pay­Pal and cur­rent CEO of Tes­la Motors and SpaceX.

Jon Favreau – direc­tor of the Iron Man movies – wrote the entry on Musk, hav­ing used him as a mod­el for the bil­lion­aire Tony Stark char­ac­ter.  David Clair and I made a new video about him:

Here’s the new video on Time’s site.

For a more in-depth piece, check out our pre­vi­ous piece about SpaceX and pri­vate enter­prise in space:

Space: The Pri­vate Fron­tier

Space: The Private Frontier

My new video (pro­duced by David Clair) is up at It’s about Elon Musk and SpaceX – and we were almost fin­ished with it when the top­ic explod­ed into the news a week or so ago – Oba­ma, the bud­get, the future of NASA, Ares and con­tract­ing out space flights to pri­vate com­pa­nies. We didn’t set out to address all that but we did include it.  Check it out…

Odyssey Moon Eyes Lunar X Prize

Odyssey Moon is mak­ing a bid for the Google Lunar X Prize:


From their web­site:

Odyssey Moon is the first team to com­plete reg­is­tra­tion for the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pa­ny made its first pub­lic debut on Decem­ber 6th, 2007, at the Space Invest­ment Sum­mit in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia, unveil­ing its plans to make his­to­ry with the first pri­vate robot­ic mis­sion to the sur­face of the Moon and win the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The inau­gu­ral Odyssey Moon mis­sion will involve a unique small robot­ic lan­der designed to deliv­er sci­en­tific, explo­ration and com­mer­cial pay­loads to the sur­face of the Moon.

Good luck! The more the mer­ri­er!

There’s a pro­mo video on their web­site but a longer ver­sion is avail­able on YouTube:


And the X PRIZE Foundation’s own video from last year explains their “incen­tivized com­pe­ti­tion,” inspired by the $25,000 Orteig Prize which Charles Lind­bergh won for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris: