Musk is chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technology officer (CTO) of the Hawthorne, California-based company.
Space X develops and manufactures space launch vehicles with a focus on advancing the state of rocket technology.
In 1995, at age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a Ph D in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, but left the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations in the areas of the internet, renewable energy and outer space. The merged company focused on the Pay Pal service and was renamed Pay Pal in 2001.
Pay Pal's early growth was driven mainly by a viral marketing campaign where new customers were recruited when they received money through the service.
Astronaut transport to the ISS is currently handled solely by the Soyuz, but Space X is one of two companies awarded a contract by NASA as part of the Commercial Crew Development program, which is intended to develop a US astronaut transport capability by 2018.
On December 22, 2015, Space X successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon rocket back at the launch pad.
Series A investor, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-chairman of Open AI; and founder and CEO of Neuralink.
Griffin had worked for the CIA's venture capital arm, In-Q-Tel, as well as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and was just leaving Orbital Sciences, a maker of satellites and spacecraft.
Tesla began delivery of its four-door Model S sedan on June 22, 2012.
It unveiled its third product, the Model X, aimed at the SUV/minivan market, on February 9, 2012; however, the Model X launch was delayed until September 2015.
Humankind evolved over millions of years, but in the last sixty years atomic weaponry created the potential to extinguish ourselves.
Sooner or later, we must expand life beyond this green and blue ball—or go extinct.