WHO IS ELON MUSK?
WHO IS ELON MUSK?
Elon Musk, an American Entrepreneur and Philanthropist was born on June 28, 1971, in Pretoria, South Africa. The Founder of SpaceX and the cofounder of electronic payment firm Paypal also formed SpaceX, maker of launch vehicles and spacecraft was the first significant investors in, as well as chief executive officer of the electric car Tesla.
He completed his education at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadephia. He also went to Standford University in California to Graduate in Physics but left just after 2 days as he realized that Internet has much more potential to change society than work in physics.
In 1999, he found Zip2 Company that provided maps and business directories to the online newspaper which was a boost for the industry. Later founded X.com which provides online financial services known famously known as Paypal.
Another one from his side was SpaceX which was founded in 2002 and its purpose was to make affordable rockets as Musk felt dissatisfied by the great expenses of Rocket Launcher such as Falcon1, first launched in 2006, and larger Falcon9 first launched in 2010. The third one in the series was Falcon Heavy, an 2018 launched rocket that could carry 117,000 pounds to orbit(which was a great achievement).
SpaceX also developed the Dragon spacecraft, that can carry supplies to International Space Station(ISS). Chief Designer in building the Falcon, Musk also designed Dragon and the Grasshopper.
With two entrepreneurs Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning Musk became one of the founders of Tesla Motor (later renamed Tesla ) which is an electric car company. Its first car Roadster could travel 245 miles (394 km) on a single charge and could go 0-60 miles(97 km ) per hr in less than 4 seconds. Then they introduced the Model S Sedan which went into production in 2017. It also launched the Model X luxury SUV in 2015.
Musk was sued for security fraud by US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as he made a series of tweets about taking company (Tesla) private, SEC alleged that the tweets were false and misleading. Musk also had an interest in Artificial Intelligence become co-chair of the non-profit OpenAI launched the state mission of advancing digital intelligence to benefit humanity in 2015.