On Monday, Dec 21, 2015 Elon Musk’sSpaceX made a brilliant breakthrough that had people talking about it for quite sometime. To say a little bit of space history was created with this breakthrough would be an understatement.
For the first time Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket made “a successful ground-based landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,” as Popular Mechanics put it.
Here is what Musk tweeted:
11 satellites deployed to target orbit and Falcon has landed back at Cape Canaveral. Headed to LZ-1. Welcome back, baby!
Earlier this year, we witnessed how Falcon failed to make a successful landing on sea. Undeterred Musk and his team went back to the drawing board and worked on the project that had a successful vertical landing on land.
So, what does this successful launch mean? For starters it will revolutionize Spaceflight and drive down the cost of space flights. What Musk and SpaceX has demonstrated is that rockets and boosters can be re-used and this will result in huge savings. Then there is the whole question of whether this is the first step towards landing on Mars. Who knows. Musk is bringing all those science fiction ideas to life. Landing on the Mars seems quite possible.
That is Elon Musk in a 1999 documentary. He had just sold his first company Zip2.com for a little over $300 million, and was working on his second company called X.com which later on became PayPal when they acquired Confinity. Did you notice the last sentence he said in that video? He’d be happy if he made it to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Fast forward to 2015 and Musk has made it to the cover of many magazines, but am not sure if he made it to the Rolling Stone though.
Musk is a man on a mission, who is pushing the boundaries on space, sustainable energy and automobiles. He is the CEO and Chief Product Officer at Tesla Motors, CEO and CTO of SpaceXand chairman ofSolar City.
Earlier this month Musk did an interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson about Future of Humanity. “He is making the (future),” and is the “real Tony Stark,” says Tyson. This is a useful and interesting interview since Musk talks about growing up in South Africa and his love for comic books and video games and how he went “OCD” learning to program when he was all of 9 or 10 years old. When Musk came to America he learnt to live on a dollar a day eating hot dogs and oranges. And why did he do that? It helped him realize that he could basically live on $30 a month to take care of his basic needs. And if you have read other interviews about Musk you know that he did end up living that way and built his first company that he ended up selling successfully.
In the interview Musk talks about energy, transportation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and he talks about why he is worried about “Super Intelligence” and says we “should exercise caution.”
You can listen to the interview of Musk with De Grasse here. And here is another interview of Musk, where he answers questions, and this one is worth watching.
What is behind the symbolism of India-US relationship? President Obama became the first American President to visit India twice. What are the business opportunities for American business in India beyond IT and technology? What are the business opportunities for California and the states on the west coast?
We sat down to speak with Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco to talk about these topics. Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg? Whom would Ambassador Ashok like to meet since we live in the hub of innovation and technology and the Ambassador is an engineer-turned-diplomat. Tune in to find out what he has to say.
India is an emerging economy and there are opportunities to do business in infrastructure, energy, pharmaceuticals and agriculture Ambassador Ashok points out in the interview.
India plans to spend $1 trillion in improving its infrastructure. “American companies have lot of opportunities in the infrastructure development,” points out Ambassador Ashok. California has a a special role to play in renewable energy and solar energy in particular he says. India has 4 times the population of US and uses 1/20th of energy when compared to the US the Ambassador shared.
There are business opportunities for California, especially in agriculture. California almonds rank 5th in the list of American exports to India.
And what about Bollywood? We had to ask that question given how Bollywood has become such a strong cultural glue for the Indian-American community in the US, especially in California.
This interview aired on TV in the San Francisco bay area.