Musk talks about the problems with space exploration in the US in the 22nd century. The long term plans are to have something cheaper and safer. In Russia, it is safer and cheaper and they have a better track record. They are constrained however by the weakness of the Russian economy. China is expected to launch their first person into space this month, becoming the third country to put a person into the orbit. They have great ambitions and are planning to set up a space station on Mars and eventually sending humans to Mars. In the US, once enterprises enter this space with an entrepreneurial spirit, Musk hopes to see the same growth seen in the internet. Musk talks about efforts that are already in the pipe line.
Oct 8, 2003