Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Elon Musk crashes SXSW panel to talk about space travel

Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson  HBO Courtesy of Matt Lief Anderson HBO
Nellie Chapman | 12 March, 2018, 00:25

"Life can not just be about solving one sad problem after another".

Musk spoke at length about his role as an entrepreneur with SpaceX and electric auto maker Tesla Inc., his concerns about advancements in artificial intelligence ("It scares the hell out of me") and the need to put a price on carbon emissions to develop a sustainable energy system.

The payload was Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster, which is now in orbit in outer space.

As reported by The Verge, the video was created by Musk's friend, director Jonathan Nolan.

Falcon Heavy is able to send object on the Earth orbit at prices by 66% lower than its #1 competitor, the Delta IV Heavy. He described the video as "a trailer", but "it's not a trailer for a movie".

He teased one Twitter user before the show that his free ticket to see the billionaire exec would be "worth every penny" and indulged his audience with jokes and answers to unrelated questions, such as who inspires him - Fred Astaire and Kanye West. This is not a trailer for a TV show. "What we're hoping this is is the trailer for one part of the next chapter of the human story".

Musk is referring to SpaceX's recent launch of the Falcon Heavy. They depicted the preparations for the launch, reaction and jubilation of the audience, the launch of a rocket into space and video footage of flying in space auto the Tesla Roadster with a dummy behind the wheel.

The images ranged from the awestruck crowds, to the rocket launching out of Earth's atmosphere, to the auto floating freely in space - all set to Bowie's eponymous "Life On Mars". In fact, Falcon Heavy is 2 times more powerful than the previous most powerful rocket.