Elon Musk

Elon Musk's SpaceX is the third company that he has founded. SpaceX was formed to revolutionize the access to space using its Falcon Explorer launch vehicle. Prior to SpaceX, Musk co-founded PayPal, the world's leading electronic payment system, and served as the company's Chairman and CEO. Today, PayPal has over twenty million customers in 38 countries, processes several billion dollars per year and went public on the NASDAQ under PYPL in early 2002. The company was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in October 2002. Before PayPal, Elon co-founded Zip2 Corporation in 1995, a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the media industry, with investments from The New York Times Company, Knight-Ridder, MDV, Softbank and the Hearst Corporation. He served as Chairman, CEO and Chief Technology Officer and in March 1999 sold Zip2 to Compaq for $307 million in an all cash transaction. Mr. Musk's early experience extends across a spectrum of advanced technology industries, from high energy density ultra-capacitors at Pinnacle Research to software development at Rocket Science and Microsoft. He has a physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a business degree from Wharton and originally came out to California to pursue graduate studies in energy physics at Stanford. Elon has also established a foundation (www.muskfoundation.org) to support philanthropic objectives in education, clean & renewable energy and medical research. Mr. Musk currently sits on the X Prize Board of Trustees, the National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Surrey Satellite Technology Limited Board, and he is a voting member of COMSTAC.

Broadcast 759 (Special Edition)

Golden Oldie Program: Guest 1: Dr. Peter Diamandis from August 8, 2001. Guest 2: Elon Musk from Oct. 24, 2001. Both of these programs represent the first time Peter and Elon were guests on The Space Show (at the time, it was Business Without Boundaries). Again, you will hear some of the original Business Without Boundaries spots, commercials, music, etc. None of the interviews have been deleted but you might detect some strange editing as I had to make these shows conform to hard breaks for relay to the satellite broadcasting service.

Broadcast 742 (Special Edition)

Elon Musk was the guest for this special Space Show program. Mr. Musk was with us for half an hour, the balance of this hour long program was open lines. During Elon's visit with us, he brought us up to date with Falcon 1 with an expected launch date for first quarter 2008. We also talked about the challenges of rocket building, we compared Space X to the complexity of Pay Pal and Elon talked to us about the Russian Roulette characteristic so strongly present with rocket building.

Broadcast 343 (Special Edition)

Elon Musk, CEO and Chairman of SpaceX, returned as a guest for this Space Show program. We began the interview by getting an update from Elon on the Falcon 1 and its planned first launch which may be as early as August 2005. I then asked Elon why he did not consider an air launch vehicle. I am sure you will find his response informative and comprehensive. We discussed federal ranges, range fees, launching from the Cape, Wallops Island, the Pacific islands, Kodiak, and eventually from private spaceports. Mr.

Broadcast 119 (Special Edition)

Elon Musk is the CEO of his new company, SpaceX. During this program, Mr. Musk explains what he is doing with SpaceX, his new rocket and launch vehicle company. He describes his vehicle, the Falcon, in detail, talks about its mission, payload capabilities, and why he felt it necessary to start his own rocket company. We discuss alternative access, NASA, the Colombia Accident Investigation Board, and other issues relating to developing and building an alternative launch vehicle and just how best to access space.

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