When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. Elon Musk
I came to the conclusion that we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask. Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.
Automotive franchise laws were put in place decades ago to prevent a manufacturer from unfairly opening stores in direct competition with an existing franchise dealer that had already invested time, money and effort to open and promote their business.
My vision is for a fully reusable rocket transport system between Earth and Mars that is able to re-fuel on Mars - this is very important - so you don't have to carry the return fuel when you go there.
I'm trying to construct a world that maximises the probability that SpaceX continues its mission without me.
Any product that needs a manual to work is broken. Elon
I've been to Disneyland, like, 10 times. I'm getting really tired of Disneyland.
In the absence of having NASA as a customer, the amount of money that we'd spend on manned spacecraft is relatively small.
It would take six months to get to Mars if you go there slowly, with optimal energy cost. Then it would take eighteen months for the planets to realign. Then it would take six months to get back, though I can see getting the travel time down to three months pretty quickly if America has the will.
I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better.
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.
If you're trying to create a company, it's like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.
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,
To make an embarrassing admission, I like video games. That's what got me into software engineering when I was a kid. I wanted to make money so I could buy a better computer to play better video games - nothing like saving the world.
There's a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilisation, that's out there exploring the stars â€¦ compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event.
What I'm trying to do is, is to make a significant difference in space flight. And help make space flight accessible to almost anyone.
I really do encourage other manufacturers to bring electric cars to market. It's a good thing, and they need to bring it to market and keep iterating and improving and make better and better electric cars, and that's what going to result in humanity achieving a sustainable transport future. I wish i
I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it's probably that. So we need to be very careful...With artificial intelligence we're summoning the demon.
SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company's lifespan will have tripled. If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.
Entrepreneurship is like eating glass and walking on hot coals at the same time
Great companies are built on great products.
My background educationally is physics and economics, and I grew up in sort of an engineering environment - my father is an electromechanical engineer. And so there were lots of engineery things around me.
To the best of my knowledge, every booster engine qualification program in history has had numerous failures of the kind that recently occurred with Merlin, so this is not unusual.
That's my lesson for taking a vacation: vacation will kill you.
The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.
Life is too short for long-term grudges. Elon
I think we are at the dawn of a new era in commercial space exploration. Elon Mus
I'm interested in things that change the world or that affect the future and wondrous, new technology where you see it, and you're like, 'Wow, how did that even happen? How is that possible?'
As a child I would just question things...
When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.