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From ‘Autopilot cars’ to ‘80,000-person colony on Mars’, Elon Musk’s to-do list has it all

Elon Musk has executed some crazy ideas over the years. The South Africa-born entrepreneur co-founded PayPal in 1998. He also helped start the electric car company Tesla Motors and the rocket maker Space Exploration Technologies. He is also the chairman of SolarCity, one of the biggest providers of solar power systems in the US. Despite his accomplishments, Musk isn’t ready to retire just yet. Here’s a look at some of the ambitious plans and dreams swirling inside the mind of Musk:
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The Hyperloop

How would you like to ride in a 28-passenger pod that zips through a steel tube at 1223 km per hour? That’s the concept Musk unveiled this week. The Hyperloop, which he describes as the “fifth mode of transportation,” would be capable of taking passengers from LA to San Francisco in about 35 minutes for $20 a ticket.

Commercial Spaceport

SpaceX has launched rockets from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California & Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Now, the company wants to build its own commercial spaceport in Brownsville, Texas.

Superchargers Nationwide

Tesla is building electric car recharging stations from coast to coast. Without these stations, drivers are limited by the car battery’s range of about 426 km. A supercharger can repower a Tesla car in 20-30 minutes.

Reusable Rocket

Here’s a big one why space travel is so expensive: Rockets can only be used once. Musk’s SpaceX is developing a vehicle that can fly through space, re-enter Earth, land on a launch pad and still be able to take off again.

Vehicular Visions

Musk has talked about Model X, an electric SUV, like the DeLorean in Back to the Future; a more affordable electric sedan; and an all-electric pick-up truck for the all-American environmentalis.

Supersonic Electric Jet

What’s cooler than an all-electric plane that can fly at supersonic speeds? One that can take off and land vertically. At supersonic speeds, an aircraft could go from London to Shanghai in about seven-and-a-half hours. An electric plane would have major environmental benefits, and the ability to launch like a rocket would enable airports to eliminate runways and be much smaller, says Musk.


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