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 Time.com. 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: